Referee hit back at Klopp hypocrisy over ‘personal’ Mane claim

Referee Felix Brych reportedly hit back at Jurgen Klopp after the Liverpool boss claimed his treatment of Sadio Mane was “unfair” in the his side’s 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid.

The Reds have left themselves plenty to do in the return leg at Anfield next week after a poor display on Tuesday night.

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Klopp’s side were 2-0 down at half-time following goals from Vinicius Junior and Marco Asensio, and despite Mohamed Salah halving the deficit just after the break, Vinicius soon struck again to give the Spanish giants a commanding lead ahead of the second leg clash on Wednesday.

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Klopp admitted his side didn’t deserve to win the game due to a sloppy performance Jamie Carragher described as the worst he’s seen in his six-year stewardship, but the German boss also claimed Brych was partly to blame for the result.

The Reds boss claimed the referee failed to spot what he thought was a clear foul on Mane in the build-up to Asensio’s goal and approached Brych to voice his displeasure after the game.

The pair remained in conversation as they headed towards the tunnel, with Klopp – as reported by the Liverpool Echo – saying that Brych had been “unfair” on his side.

But Brych pointed out Klopp’s hypocrisy, claiming: “What you’re doing now is unfair too.”

After the game, Klopp was critical of his team’s performance but couldn’t resist having a go at the referee.

He said: “The situation with Sadio, what the ref did tonight I have to say I don’t understand.

“For me that was something personal because he dealt with the situation with Sadio, which was a clear foul, like he was a diver or whatever.

“From that moment on whenever Sadio went down he didn’t get anything. That is not right. That is what I told him after the game, that I thought he was unfair with Sadio.

“That doesn’t change anything at all. He (Brych) didn’t lose the game. We were not good enough to get a better result, but in these moments you need just an ‘OK’ ref. That would have been enough.”

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