The manager’s frustrations were clear to see during and after Liverpool’s lastest outing, with referee Paul Tierney taking the brunt of his criticism.
And Klopp was not alone in his assessment of how the match unfolded with pundits, ex-referees and fans all questioning the lack of consistency and how key incidents were overlooked.
Typically, any assessment of a referee that is not a glowing endorsement is punished by the FA for ‘bringing the game into disrepute’, but Klopp has escaped any further action.
“It’ll be helpful if you play football in the past,” Klopp said of and to Tierney after the game.
“The draw is fine but these situations are crucial. I have no idea what [Tierney’s] problem is with me.
“In the beginning, I was a bit more emotional but it was all fine, but he comes over and gives me a yellow card, which is fine, but I would’ve preferred the right decision on the pitch.”
It was an honest view and the FA have reviewed the comments but will be taking no action, and for Reds it hinted at the fact the boss was only speaking the truth.
— Ste Hoare (@stehoare) December 21, 2021
Rivals will say he got off lightly but Jürgen was trying ver hard to hold his tongue and not cross a line – atleast in public. When in Germany he's said himself he was the most fined manager for outbursts. I kind of wish in this instance he'dve been no holds barred and got fined. https://t.co/XSGMqb0143
— Red (@TaintlessRed) December 21, 2021
Seeing a few people in the QT’s spouting whataboutism. Surely that was the point of Klopp’s comments, to gain consistency in all forms of the game. Refereeing, fines, covid delays, the works.
Liverpool and German man bad. My team good. Me can’t see big picture. Only my club. https://t.co/SeqisQiPcU
— Rick (Elmo) (@WhenImElmo2) December 21, 2021
*Because he’s absolutely spot on. https://t.co/GJehw1BK8Z
— Ben Webb (@BenWebbLFC) December 21, 2021
— The Redmen TV (@TheRedmenTV) December 21, 2021
will they review Paul Tierney’s actions or…? https://t.co/OCKTUr4k7Q
— J. (@jaytothelo) December 21, 2021
If you listen carefully, you can hear the tears of every fan of every club that has had Mourinho as a manager. https://t.co/SHrFb4TsMb
— Couch Nish (@CouchNish) December 21, 2021
— Dan (@skillrow_x) December 21, 2021
There is a fine line to tread and managers and players know it in regards to the officials but they cannot be untouchable if changes are to be made for the better.
There is absolutely no place for abuse but there has to be a place for calling out inconsistencies and asking for accountability as games should not see the officiating dominate post-match discourse.