Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp delivers Sadio Mane statement after being criticized
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said he is “sick of” the treatment of Sadio Mane by referees, further explaining his heated exchange with the fourth official at Arsenal.
After the game at the Emirates stadium ended and being mistreated by referee Andre Marriner, Jurgen Klopp leapt to defend his No. 10, who has often been labelled a ‘diver’.
This came after Klopp was seen in a furious exchange with fourth official Andy Madley, which he explained in his post-match press conference.
“The situation with Sadio Mane. I’m sick of it, sick of it that you take a player out, it’s like [an Arsenal defender] could have done what he wanted,” he told reporters.
“Everything was he fouled or he didn’t get fouled. That was what I was talking about, nothing to do wimanth the game.
“Really, I have no idea. Maybe somebody can explain it to me why Sadio doesn’t get free-kicks, and don’t tell me he’s a diver or whatever.
“He’s not. I know him better than anybody else. He’s not.
“And maybe one isn’t a clear foul, but for him it’s always like this. If it’s one, maybe only a little contact and he goes down, then you will see it the next five situations, not even for the proper ones he gets a free-kick.
“That was what I was [talking about].
“Just look the situations back and tell me that’s always not a foul.
“I mean, Ben White in the corner, Sadio pressing, then kicks the ball out more or less – there’s no contact, but still free-kick for Arsenal.
“So it’s smart from Ben White, but if Sadio’s doing that, the whole stadium is on their toes and the ref thinks ‘oh my god, he’s doing it’.
“I’m really sick of that, that’s why I was angry.”