The full transcript of Klopp’s heated post-match interview

Date published: Monday 11th December 2017 8:57

Jurgen Klopp was involved in a heated interview with a Sky Sports reporter after Liverpool drew the Merseyside derby with Everton.

The Reds were held to a 1-1 draw at Anfield on Sunday despite dominating most of the match. You should read 16 Conclusions.

Wayne Rooney secured a point for Everton with a late penalty, one Klopp does not believe should have been given.

And the German made his feelings clear in his post-match interview with Sky Sports reporter Patrick Davison. The full transcript of the exchange is below:


Patrick Davison: Jurgen, because you were so dominant for so much of that match, does this feel like a wasted opportunity to pick up three points?

Jurgen Klopp: What do you think?

PD: I imagine it does.

JK: Yeah, right. Absolutely.

PD: What did you make of your team’s performance?

JK: It was good, but we didn’t score often enough. But I saw only one team playing. I saw only one team playing. But we have to make a little bit more. I can’t believe this situation with all the challenges. We were completely clean with challenges, we didn’t make any fouls. We had Sigurdsson on Henderson which was a red card, again, like in all derbies that I’m in so far there is always a really nasty one. And then all the challenges in this game, when only one team is playing you give such a penalty? It’s unbelievable. When you see the pictures…

PD: Have you had a chance to see it back?

JK: Yes. Calvert-Lewin makes it smart, because he takes a step in this direction (steps to his right), but even then it’s nothing. But he gave a penalty, and now one team can celebrate, probably, and we can’t.

PD: What have you said to the referee?

JK: That I don’t understand what he is doing. But I didn’t use one swearing word. I cannot believe it, that in a game like this, when only one team is trying over 95 minutes to win it and the other team wasn’t even in our box. They didn’t have a shot on target apart from the penalty. If you open the door for them like this it’s, in my understanding, not okay.

PD: For you, 100 per cent not a penalty, or does Dejan Lovren…

JK: No, no, no, no.

PD: It’s not a case of blaming him, but does he not need to make the challenge?

JK: He doesn’t make a challenge! Calvert-Lewin makes a step into him and that’s it.

PD: But there’s hands on the back.

JK: The hand is like this on the back (motions with hand). You saw it. If you think it’s a penalty then do it, say it. It’s a penalty in your opinion? Is it a penalty in your opinion? Is it a penalty in your opinion?

PD: Okay. If you want my opinion… my opinion doesn’t matter. I would say soft…

JK: Obviously my opinion doesn’t matter as well.

PD: Of course your opinion matters.

JK: Does it change anything?

PD: No, but we’re conducting an interview.

JK: Then tell me. Is it a penalty or not?

PD: I think it’s soft, but I think it is a penalty.

JK: (Laughs). Well, then we can stop the interview because I only want to talk to people who have a little bit of understanding about football. I’m sorry. I’m really… I cannot believe…

PD: I know you’re angry, but there are people who’ve played a lot of football matches in our studio who also think it’s a penalty.

JK: Oh. Then I’m sorry. I’m wrong. You are all right. Yeah.

PD: I didn’t say that.

JK: Yes, that’s what you said. That other people are right and I am wrong. I must be wrong, right?

PD: No, just because… isn’t it a game of opinions?

JK: We’ve been here five minutes now. Obviously I am not in the mood to answer your questions. And you don’t have better questions do you?

PD: I’ve got one more. I don’t think you’re going to like it. Six changes today, you also took Salah off at 1-0 up. Do you think those changes had any effect on the result?

JK: That’s my job. I make decisions before I know they are right. And afterwards it’s your job to say I’m not right. I’ve got no problem with that, I was sure it was the right decision. We brought Roberto Firmino on for Mo Salah, we could have scored before, we could have scored afterwards. We could have scored all the time. We lived, more or less, in their box. And obviously we didn’t do it. But I have to take that. I have no problem with that. I only think that we pressed so much like we did today, in a game like this, where they didn’t even have counter attacks, then it’s quite difficult if you have one situation, but there was one situation and everyone was waiting for it… There are bigger catastrophies on this planet than a point after a game like this, but it feels not too good.

Sorry for all the rest I said before.

PD: Thanks for your time.

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