Jurgen Klopp called referee Kevin Friend ‘arrogant’ during a confrontation with the official after Liverpool’s draw with West Ham on Monday evening.
Liverpool lost further ground in the title race as Sadio Mane’s goal was quickly cancelled out by Michail Antonio’s effort, meaning Klopp’s side are now only three points behind Manchester City.
After the full-time whistle at the London Stadium, Klopp stormed onto the pitch to speak with the referee as he was unhappy with a number of decisions that went against Liverpool in the second half.
Klopp was complaining about Kevin and accused him of inconsistencies in the second half,’ a Premier League source told The Sun.
Kevin told him he had to go away and they can’t talk on the pitch. ‘Klopp then said, ‘I can’t talk to you,’ and Kevin repeated, ‘Not now and not here’.
Then Klopp called him ‘arrogant’ and walked off. Klopp did not speak to Kevin at any point after that incident on the pitch, while the referee did not include the confrontation in his match report to the Football Association.
Klopp is likely to face an FA charge after he accused Friend of favouring West Ham after realising that Liverpool’s opening goal should have been ruled out for offside.
I’m pretty sure the ref knew that in the second half. In 50-50 situations or 60-40, it was always a free-kick for the other team,’ said Klopp.
Referees are human and I understand that but I didn’t during the game as I had no clue our goal was offside.