EPL: Klopp kicks against ‘double punishment’ after Chelsea red card in 1-1 draw


Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said the red card given to Chelsea defender Reece James in the club’s 1-1 draw on Saturday deprived him of the opportunity to see an exciting second half between the two teams.

Referee Anthony Taylor sent off James after examining a punt on the goal line.

Taylor also conceded a penalty which Mohamed Salah converted to nullify Kai Havertz’s opening goal.

While Klopp felt handball was clear, he said the double penalty of a red card, as well as a penalty, had ruined the game.

He said: “I never liked double punishment, but if someone ever listened to me about rule changes or rules, a lot of things would be completely different.

“It was absolutely difficult. Ruin the game? Probably yes. It changed everything, I liked our first half, we were very good, it caused a lot of problems for Chelsea. It was also an incredibly intense game for Chelsea.

“I would have loved to see the 11v11 game and see who is doing the best, but that’s how it is.”


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