Klopp Slams ‘Unfair’ Treatment of Mané By Referee
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Klopp Slams ‘Unfair’ Treatment of Mané By Referee

Jürgen Klopp was angry after Liverpool lost the first leg of the Champions League quarterfinals to Real Madrid on Tuesday night.

Yes, it was about the team's results, but it was also about referee Felix Brych's decision against Sadio Mané.

The decision may be regarded as one of the game's major turning points. Brych opted not to call Lucas Vazquez for a foul on Mané.

Mané was brought down while sprinting for a high throw, but the referee waved it off. Madrid scored their second goal less than a minute later.

After the game, Klopp had a lot to say to Brych, as well as reporters in the post-game press conference.

“The situation with Sadio, I have to say what the ref did tonight I don’t understand,” he said. “For me, there was something personal. He dealt with the situation from Sadio, which is a clear foul, like it was a dive (by Mané) or whatever. It’s just not right. That’s what I told him (the referee) after the game, that I just thought he was unfair with Sadio. That’s how it is.

“But that doesn’t change anything at all. He didn’t lose us the game, we were not good enough to get a better result. But in these moments obviously, you need just an okay ref. That would have been enough.”

The non-call and subsequent goal capped a dreadful first-half display that was unable to be salvaged in the second.