Klopp admits referee ‘luck’ despite no Anfield league penalties in a year

Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool got ‘lucky’ at the beginning of the season, but has bemoaned a couple of more recent refereeing decisions that went against his team.

And the Reds boss refused to be drawn on the fact that his side haven’t been awarded an Anfield Premier League penalty for over a year.

Speaking ahead of Sunday’s Anfield game against Fulham, Klopp said that goal scored by Cardiff’s Callum Paterson in their previous home match shouldn’t have stood, and added that Sadio Mane’s strike at Arsenal should have counted .

“In the beginning of the season we had one or two situations where we were a bit lucky with ref situations," said the Liverpool manager.

“In the Arsenal game and Cardiff the goal Cardiff scored was offside. Nobody asked me after the game if it was offside. It changed a few things in the game.

“At Arsenal we scored a clear goal. And I say afterwards the only headline was Klopp says it was a goal. Who is interested in what I have to say?"

But when it was put to Klopp that his side haven’t had a Premier League penalty at Anfield since October last year, he refused to blame the officials.

“All these games at home we didn’t drop a lot of points," he said.

"There’s nobody to blame. We have to go in the box.”

Liverpool last got a league penalty at Anfield on October 28 last year, when Mo Salah saw his effort saved by Jonas Lossl in a 3-0 win over Huddersfield. The last one they scored came back in November 2016 when James Milner netted against Sunderland.

Since Salah’s Huddersfield effort Everton, Tottenham (twice) and Manchester City have been given league penalties at Anfield.

Conversely, the Reds have been awarded seven home penalties in other competitions since their most recent league one, including two in the 4-0 win over Red Star Belgrade in the Champions League last month.

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