“It was a clear penalty” says Jurgen Klopp
"It was a clear penalty and he was pretty cool with the penalty"
March 7th, 2016
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was adamant that referee Andre Marriner was correct in his decision to award a penalty to the Reds in the closing stages of the clash with Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park yesterday.
The match looked to be heading for stalemate after Joe Ledley’s opening goal was cancelled out by Roberto Firminho, however Liverpool were controversially awarded a penalty in stoppage time when Christian Benteke was fowled by Damian Delaney, the Reds player going down despite apparent minimal contact. The Belgian went on to score from the spot to secure the points for the Merseysiders.
“It was a perfect change, (Benteke) really worked hard. His first touch was a big chance and then it was his penalty. He made the move and forced the situation,” Klopp said to BBC Sport.
“It was a clear penalty and then he was pretty cool with the penalty. Football is a lot of things and sometimes it’s all about passion. What I saw today from my players, they defended with all they had and that’s good to see.
“If you are behind it’s not so important why and how, the only thing is that the difference is not so big. We had to change the system and had to try to stay offensive. We knew it was risky but at the end we forced it and for us it is a great win.”
The victory in South London was Liverpool’s third victory in succession, the first time they have achieved this under Klopp. They now sit just six points adrift of the top four and will face Manchester United in the last sixteen of the Europa League on Thursday evening.