Jurgen Klopp fumes that Liverpool weren't awarded a penalty at Saints

Paola Ditto
Gennaio 5, 2021

Liverpool paved the way for Manchester United to go atop the Premier League with a 1-0 loss at Southampton on Monday. It's a fact that the Red Devils have won more penalties in two years than Klopp's Liverpool had managed in five and a half years.

"If this boy went down easy, we could have had a penalty in this game and a stonewall penalty in the last game [against Newcastle]". Klopp may regret his decision to start with Jordan Henderson in defence, he should now be more anxious about the performance of the from three.

As for Southampton, Theo Walcott starts in attack along with Danny Ings while James Ward-Prowse lines-up in midfield along with Ibrahima Diallo and Moussa Djenepo.

Klopp added: 'We can not change.

Southampton had key absentees as well with goalkeeper Alex McCarthy missing due to a positive test for coronavirus, while Oriol Romeu, Jannik Vestergaard and Che Adams were out injured.

Making his first Premier League appearance since May 2019, Fraser Forster was beaten by Roberto Firmino moments later, but the Brazil forward dragged his effort wide.

Southampton might have added to their lead before half-time, but although Jurgen Klopp's champions dominated after the restart, they could not avoid a second league defeat of the season.

First, Georginio Wijnaldum had a shot blocked by the hand of Jack Stephens, and secondly, Sadio Mane went down under a challenge from Kyle Walker-Peters.

Klopp said: "I turned around, we had a really good view of it".

"They know that and it was always like this".

"We had to have a ideal game plan today and luck".

For all Liverpool's dominance, however, Forster did not have a save to make until the 75th minute, as he got down to Mane's scuffed shot.

The win was also the first time under Ralph Hasenhuttl they had taken points off Liverpool, having lost their previous six meetings between the two times, and it clearly meant a lot to the Saints boss who appeared to be in tears shortly after the final whistle.

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