Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp rebuke Manchester United red card speculation as ‘fake news

Jurgen Klopp has dismissed allegations in the media that he believes Manchester United should have received more red cards against Liverpool at Old Trafford last weekend as “false news.”
Klopp believes referee Anthony Taylor should have sent five players out, but did not want to further shame United, who lost 5-0 on Sunday, according to the Athletic and Daily Mail.
After a VAR review, Taylor booked Paul Pogba for a second-half foul on Naby Keita, but the France midfielder was later ejected as Liverpool humiliated Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.

According to the Athletic, “sources close to the Liverpool bench” believe Taylor, who was born in Manchester, did not dismiss more United players because he “took the easy way out.” on them.

During his pre-match press conference on Friday, Klopp, though, was outraged by the reports.
“I didn’t think about it for a second — not a second,” Klopp said ahead of Liverpool’s Premier League match against Brighton at Anfield on Saturday.

“The Athletic used the phrase ‘those close to the staff,’ which I always consider to be a risky phrase. You can’t do stuff like this. It’s simply not right — it’s a fabrication.”

Apart from Pogba’s departure, the Mail listed four potential red card situations involving Fred, Cristiano Ronaldo, Bruno Fernandes, and Harry Maguire, and claimed Liverpool questioned Taylor’s impartiality.

“We discussed Ronaldo’s predicament, and in my opinion, it may result in a red card.” Klopp stated, “When I saw it back, he gets the ball, it’s a dark yellow, perfectly OK.”

“However, we never discussed it.” Why would you create such a story?

“You have to take these things seriously — all of you” (journalists). These things can’t be done only to sell a few lines.

“This is genuine false news, not what (Donald) Trump was referring to.”
After it was claimed that Pogba refused to communicate with him and postponed contract talks following the Liverpool catastrophe, United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer expressed his dissatisfaction with what he called “blatant lies” in the media.

Pogba denounced the claims as “false news” on social media.
Liverpool is unbeaten in their last nine games and sits second in the table, one point behind champions Chelsea, with six victories from nine games.

Guinea midfielder Keita is fine despite leaving Old Trafford on a stretcher, although Klopp will be missing injured Fabinho and James Milner.

Spain’s Thiago Alcantara has resumed training following a calf injury, although he is unlikely to feature at Anfield.

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