Liverpool FC manager critical of “funny” referee after West Ham FA Cup defeat
Jurgen Klopp proud of his team’s performance despite Hammers knocking Liverpool out of the FA Cup
February 10th, 2016
Roger East doesn’t appear to be on the Christmas card list of Jurgen Klopp or Slaven Bilic judging from their comments on Tuesday night following West Ham’s last-gasp victory in the FA Cup.
Angelo Ogbonna rose like a salmon to score in extra-time injury-time after Dimitri Payet delivered a wonderful free-kick into the penalty area, although the Liverpool manager didn’t feel as though Lucas Leiva had fouled in the build-up.
“They got a free-kick without a foul and we conceded a goal,” said Klopp.
“I’m not long enough here to judge these things. If you are satisfied with the performance of the referee, write it. If not, say it. There were a lot of situations that, on a better day, I would say are funny decisions. I would have made a few different decisions, on both sides. The only reason we were here was to go to the next round, so we are disappointed.
“Liverpool in this moment is not the most sunny. 2-0 in the lead [against Sunderland], manager in hospital, out of the FA Cup, but tomorrow when we get up the sun will shine. If we want, all together, we can take a lot of positive things out of this game.”
Bilic echoed Klopp’s sentiments although the Croatian was delighted with the performance of his players throughout the contest.
“Tonight there were many fouls that in my opinion weren’t fouls.
“Of course, when you win you don’t mind it. There were many, many decisions where, OK, I can’t be objective, but I wasn’t happy.
“His [Ogbonna’s] goal is a great header, but it was not just about the goal. He was magnificent. Everyone was great in our team. Some of the players played not in their primary positions, like Michail Antonio who did a brilliant job. We didn’t have a weak link in our team.”