Former English referee Mark Clattenburg strongly attacked Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp for criticizing the latter, counting many penalties for Manchester United, his direct competitor, at the top of the Premier League during this season.
Klopp said in previous statements that Manchester United got more penalties in two and a half years than Liverpool did in five years.
In an article in the British Daily Mail, Clattenburg said that Klopp appears hypocritical when he talks about Manchester United players deliberately falling in order to get penalty kicks, ignoring his team players – including Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah – who do the same.
And the famous referee wrote in the English stadiums, “Klopp did not do this last season when Liverpool were winning every week, he is a coach who does not like to lose, but he is wrong if he thinks that there is an aura surrounding United” and that causes him to be given preference in the referees’ decisions.
Klattenberg said that he watched Manchester United’s matches and analyzed 11 penalties the team received during this season.
He explained that 5 kicks were the result of mistakes made by the team’s players by implicating the opponent in committing the violation, which is the same behavior that Mane and Salah do with Liverpool.
And the English referee considered that Klopp is trying to pressure the referees, in an attempt not witnessed in the English Premier League since the era of the former Manchester United coach Sir Alex Ferguson.
He said, “I am the only referee who awarded 3 penalties to the opponent in Old Trafford (a stronghold of Manchester United), and that was in favor of Liverpool, David Moyes was the coach at the time, and I do not know what would have happened if Ferguson was in his position.”
Liverpool and Manchester United meet next Sunday in the climax of the 19th stage of the English Premier League, a match that may contribute to determining the future of the title competition.