“Wow, who told them to hold a press conference in a place like this? “
Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp was furious in his press conference after his side suffered their first defeat of the season against Toulouse in France.
Klopp’s Reds fell to Toulouse 2-3 in the Europa League Group E fourth leg at the Stade de Toulouse at 2:45 a.m. ET on Tuesday.
Despite a dominant first half, the Reds were unable to capitalize on their chances and fell behind 0-2 after conceding back-to-back goals from Aaron Donnum in the 35th minute and Thyss Darlinga in the 13th minute.
Christian Caceres Jr. scored an own goal in the 29th minute of the second half after a cross from Gomes to make it 1-2, but two minutes later, 먹튀검증 Frank Magri scored again in the 31st minute to make it 1-3. Diogo Jota’s consolation goal in the 44th minute made it 3-2, and Kwansa scored a dramatic equalizer seven minutes into stoppage time, but the goal was disallowed after VAR review.
Alexis Sanchez was adjudged to have handballed Alexis McAllister in the build-up to the goal, and the goal was wiped out, leaving the Reds with a one-goal deficit.
“I’ve just watched the replay and it’s not a handball to me,”
Jürgen Klopp after Liverpool’s first Europa League defeat. “I’ve just watched the replay and it’s not a handball to me,” he complained.
To add insult to injury, it was the venue of the press conference. The press conference was held in a tent right next to the roar of the Toulouse fans, who were thrilled to have beaten Liverpool. The roar of the home fans made it difficult for the journalists to hear his questions. A frustrated Klopp made his discomfort clear. “Wow!” he exclaimed, “Who came up with the idea to hold a press conference here? That will be a very interesting question,” he sarcastically remarked.
When it came to the second-half stoppage-time goal being erased, he didn’t back down. “I just watched the replay and it’s not a handball in my eyes. But who am I to decide,” he said. “After the ball hit his chest, I honestly didn’t see it touch his arm,” he insisted. “Maybe the referees have a different view, better than mine. Even so, I think that was long before the goal. There were other situations where they should have given us a penalty kick. I don’t know,” he lamented. “Of course I wish we had played better football. That’s my issue tonight. We need to play more aggressive football,” he emphasized.