LIVERPOOL, England – Jurgen Klopp has said Liverpool were denied a second half penalty for their 1-1 draw with Leicester City on Wednesday night.
Liverpool missed out on the chance to extend their lead at the top of the Premier League to seven points as Harry Maguire canceled out by Sadio Mane's early opener on the stroke of half-time.
But Klopp field Naby Keita was illegally brought down in the penalty area by Ricardo Pereira in the 57th minute – – only for referee Martin Atkinson to wave away the protests.
"I don't know what he thought [Atkinson] thought in that moment," Klopp said at his postmatch news conference. "I think he had the best position.
" Usually I have to explain penalties which were penalties, and you ask me if it was a soft penalty. A penalty is a penalty.
"There was no blood involved again today, but it's a penalty because one of our players is in the box. It's like it is. It won't change. on going. "
Also beat the goalscorer of Leicester's equalizer was very fortunate to only receive a yellow card for a cynical foul on Mane six minutes before he made it 1-1.
"Then we have the situation with Maguire, "he continued. "The second time in a game where a striker of ours is taken down the halfway line, and we treat it like it was I don't know where.
" [Mane] would not have been alone [on goal] because Mo Salah would have been around him, it was a two versus [Kasper] Schmeichel situation. If that is not a real goalscoring situation, I don't know what is. "
Despite the draw, Liverpool made five points clear of Manchester City in the league standings after the reigning champions suffered a shock defeat at Newcastle United on
City host Arsenal on Sunday before Liverpool travel to West Ham United on Monday night.
"Am I disappointed after we don't win a game? Of course I am, "Klopp said." But I don't bring it together with the Man City game. I understand all these thoughts, but what shall we do now?
"It's easy to ask all these questions, but we have to make sure that we are not influenced too much by these things. am a normal human being. We want to win a game and we don't, so we don't feel brilliant. .
"We have a point more than before. That's just what we wanted to have, but still everything is fine in the moment. "