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Liverpool’s Klopp says referee treated Mané unfairly in defeat by Real Madrid

  • Liverpool manager accepts his team did not deserve to win
  • ‘That was something personal,’ he adds of referee Felix Brych

Jürgen Klopp accused German referee Felix Brych of having a personal issue with Sadio Mané but admitted Liverpool had only themselves to blame for a damaging 3-1 defeat by Real Madrid in the Champions League quarter-final.

Liverpool require another momentous second-leg comeback at Anfield next Wednesday after suffering a repeat of the 2018 Champions League final scoreline, and their 10th defeat of 2021, courtesy of two goals from Vinícius Júnior and one from Marco Asensio. The Spain international scored following a dreadful mistake by Trent Alexander-Arnold and seconds after Brych dismissed Liverpool’s appeals for a foul by Lucas Vázquez on Mané. An incensed Klopp made his feelings known to the match officials at half and full time, and claimed the referee was “unfair” on the Senegal international throughout the first leg.

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