Jurgen Klopp’s reaction to the infamous Liverpool incident that enraged David Moyes
West Ham manager David Moyes was displeased that his team was denied a late penalty for handball as they fell to Liverpool at the London Stadium.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp expressed sympathy for West Ham manager David Moyes after his team was denied a late penalty in a narrow defeat.
When the ball struck Thiago’s arm inside the Liverpool box, several Hammers players raised their voices in protest. However, neither the on-field referee, Chris Kavanagh, nor the VAR official thought the offense warranted a penalty kick.
Moyes demanded an apology after his team was denied a late equalizer that could have bolstered their fight against relegation. Klopp was also questioned about the incident, and he understood his counterpart’s frustration.
“I thought he just fell on the ball, but I can understand Moyesy seeing it differently,” Klopp said. The former Borussia Dortmund manager also stated that he had not reviewed footage of Jarrod Bowen’s disallowed goal for the hosts, which was ruled out for offside following a VAR review, but that his team deserved the points.
“[We] controlled the game pretty much from the start, made one mistake, and bam – 1-0 down,” he explained. “What a screamer, I have to say, but [we] stayed calm, kept playing, scored our screamer as well, and controlled the game.”
“In the end, if you look at the game, I think we are the deserved winner, and that’s very important to me,” Klopp said after the game. “If we got a point, I’d still be happy with the game, not the result – [but] now I’m happy with both.”
West Ham took the lead early on as they looked to extend their unbeaten run to four games. The lead, however, was short-lived, as Cody Gakpo equalized from outside the box.
Following the disallowance of Bowen’s goal, the visitors took the lead for the first time when Joel Matip powered home a header from a corner. West Ham were unable to find an equalizer, ensuring Klopp’s men made it three wins in a row.
Following the disallowance of Bowen’s goal, the visitors took the lead for the first time when Joel Matip powered home a header from a corner. West Ham were unable to find an equalizer, ensuring Klopp’s side made it three wins in a row.
The result lifted Liverpool above Tottenham, whom they face on Sunday, while keeping their slim hopes of finishing in the top four alive. Manchester United leads by six points but has two games in hand, one of which is against Tottenham Hotspur on Thursday night.
Meanwhile, West Ham remain in the midst of their relegation battle. They are five points ahead of the drop zone after 18th-place Leicester only managed a point against Leeds on Tuesday, but Everton in 19th can close the gap with a win over Newcastle on Thursday.
“The hardest thing to take is the disrespect from VAR,” Moyes said. “Someone on VAR didn’t have enough football knowledge to realize how close this was.”
“The disrespect is directed at this football club.” ‘Check this out,’ the VAR should have said. For me, VAR showed no regard for us. They should apologize to the football club, in my opinion. To be a Premier League team, we need to win points.”