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Klopp Asked To Explain Friend Comments

Klopp Asked To Explain Friend Comments

Jurgen Klopp has been asked to provide written observations to the FA over his comments about referee Kevin Friend against West Ham.

The Reds lost a little momentum in their Premier League title bid after a 1-1 draw at West Ham on Monday night, where replays showed Sadio Mane’s opener should have been cancelled out for offside in the build-up.

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Michail Antonio equalised for West Ham minutes later but Klopp suggested Friend had found out about his assistant’s mistake at half-time, and that the official’s decision-making thereafter may have been compromised as a result.

Klopp told Sky Sports: “We had good moments, coming through the channels and scored the goal, which I’ve now been told is offside. This explains a little bit the second half because I think the referee knew at half-time. “He knew it for sure at half-time and then you saw a lot of strange situations. They were not decisive but just rhythm-breakers.

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That obviously didn’t help us. “There were so many situations where it was 50-50 or 60-40, [he gave a] free-kick for the other team.”

His remarks have now attracted the attention of the FA, which has sought Klopp’s opinion on the matter and he could face subsequent disciplinary action once his observations on the comments have been reviewed by the governing body.

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