Jurgen Klopp pulled no punches when asked whether Rodri should have been sent off against Liverpool
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Jurgen Klopp's response to a question about Rodri's potential sending-off against Liverpool was absolutely brilliant.
After the latest international break, domestic football returned with a bang as Liverpool travelled to the Etihad Stadium to take on Manchester City.
Klopp’s men were hoping to close the gap to the top four whilst City looked to continue their chase of Premier League leaders Arsenal.
Mohamed Salah scored in the 17th minute but City hit back 10 minutes later through Julian Alvarez.
In the second half, Liverpool completely capitulated as goals from Kevin De Bruyne, Ilkay Gundogan and Jack Grealish sealed a 4-1 victory for Pep Guardiola’s side.
However, in the first half, many felt City midfielder Rodri was lucky to stay on the pitch.
The Spaniard was booked in the 33rd minute for hauling down Diogo Jota, who was leading a Liverpool counter attack.
Minutes later, Rodri then committed a similar foul on Cody Gakpo, stopping yet another potentially dangerous attack from the visitors.
Liverpool players were furious that referee Simon Hooper decided against brandishing a second yellow card.
After the match, Klopp was asked about the incident, and the German answered in fine fashion.
He said: “I'm not sure we would have won against 10 men today…”
A desperately honest assessment of his team’s performance from the Liverpool boss.
Jurgen Klopp on whether Rodri should have been sent off for #ManCity vs Liverpool: "I'm not sure we would have won against 10 men today..." [via @jamesalanrobson]— City Xtra (@City_Xtra) April 1, 2023
Klopp also pointed out that his team were lucky City were not in a greedy mood to score more goals.
He said to BT Sport: “We concede this first goal with I think an open ball in midfield where we don't even have a challenge then we are too deep and the counter-attack happens great play. 2-1.
“3-1 we have a massive overload on one side, should win the ball but don't even have a challenge. These kinds of things cannot happen. But they happened and after that... wow! We just had to follow as they did whatever they wanted. We were lucky they weren't in a greedy mood.
“I cannot change it now, here, I can just report what I saw and we will talk about it tomorrow. These things happened too often.”
It doesn't get any easier for Liverpool as they will be facing Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday.
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