Matt Le Tissier has accused Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp of hypocrisy for his comments after the Reds suffered a 2-0 defeat to Napoli in Italy on Tuesday night – regarding the penalty given for Andy Robertson’s foul on Jose Callejon.
Liverpool suffered defeat in their first Group E match of the season in Naples, as goals from Dries Mertens and Fernando Llorente gave Napoli the perfect start in the hunt for knockout football after Christmas.
With the score at 0-0 in the final 10 minutes, Callejon skipped inside Robertson and replays showed the Spaniard was already on his way to ground before contact was made with Robertson. The referee pointed to the spot, though.
Mertens stepped up and scored, and after the match, Klopp was not impressed: “When the player jumps before there is contact it cannot be a penalty,” to which Le Tissier replied on Twitter, accusing the German of being a hypocrite.
Was the next bit of the sentence “unless it’s one of my players” ? Most managers guilty of this hypocrisy not just Klopp btw 🤷♂️ https://t.co/vFupevTUWo
— Matt Le Tissier (@mattletiss7) September 17, 2019
TBR’s view – Klopp right to feel aggrieved, but Robertson naive
It simply is not a penalty. Not only is the contact absolutely minimal, but the fact Callejon has thrown himself into the air before contact is made means he is looking to deceive the referee – which was successfully done.
The minimal contact, arguably intiated by Callejon himself, means VAR did not overturn the decision as it was not a clear and obvious mistake. But Robertson should also take blame. It was a lazy tackle, and in the Champions League, you have got to be more careful.