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Klopp accuses referee of helping Everton earn point in derby

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Following a 1-1 draw at home to Everton, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has accused the match official of “opening the door” for their visitors to take a point in the Merseyside derby.

Everton captain Wayne Rooney equalised through a penalty after the referee ruled that Dejan Lovren’s push in the back of Dominic Calvert-Lewin was worthy of a penalty.

Mohamed Salah had put the Reds ahead with a sublime curling finish from an angle towards the end of the first half, before Rooney levelled both sides on 77 minutes.

“Calvert-Lewin is smart and takes a step but even then it’s nothing,” said an angry Klopp in a post-match interview with Sky Sports.

“The referees don’t understand that the player is doing that.

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“I cannot believe in a game like this when only one team is trying to win it and the other team were never in our box, and then you give it, you open the door for them like this.

“In my understanding, it’s not a penalty”, he added.

Meanwhile, Everton boss Sam Allardyce saw the penalty decision entirely differently, and hits at Klopp saying, “He can moan all he wants but it’s a penalty.

“It’s an extremely brave decision and I think he got the decision right.”

Liverpool remain fourth in the Premier League table, two points behind third-placed Chelsea, while Everton stay 10th.

 

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