Klopp was aggrieved Liverpool did not receive either of their two second-half penalty calls in the 1-0 defeat at Southampton on Monday night, with a challenge from Kyle Walker-Peters on handball from Sadio Mane and Jack Stephens while blocking an ongoing Georginio Wijnaldum shot. unpunished by referee André Marriner.
Speaking after the game, Klopp said: “I now hear Manchester United have had more penalties in two years than I have had in five and a half years. I don’t know if it’s my fault, or how it can happen. But that’s no excuse for performance. We cannot change it, we must respect the decisions. ”
In response, Solskjaer said he would not spend his time counting as his side prepare to host Manchester City in the Carabao Cup semi-finals on Wednesday night, live on Sky Sports.
” It is a fact? Probably, ”Solskjaer says. “That’s probably my answer, it’s a fact that we have more than them. I don’t count the number of penalties they gave out, so if they want to spend time worrying about when we’re boxed… I don’t spend time on that.
What do the penalty statistics say?
Statistics show Liverpool have received 30 Premier League penalties since Klopp took the lead in October 2015, while United have taken 32 since the start of 2018-19.
Leicester (45), Man City (43), Man Utd (41) and Crystal Palace (36) are the four Premier League teams to have received more penalties than Liverpool since Klopp’s appointment.
“Maybe it’s a way to influence the referees”
Solskjaer referred to a penalty cry that was overlooked in their FA Cup semi-final loss to Chelsea last season as suggesting a reason why other managers are pointing to their record.
“I can’t speak for other managers, why they say things like that,” he says. “I felt it worked last year in the FA Cup semi-finals, because Frank [Lampard] talked about it and we got a specific penalty that we should have had, that we didn’t.
“So maybe that’s a way to influence the referees. I do not know. But I don’t worry about it. When they foul our players, it’s a penalty when it’s in the box. ”
United lost 3-1 to Chelsea in July last year, but at the end of the first half they were denied a penalty after Anthony Martial fell under pressure from Kurt Zouma, with Mike Dean canceling claims while the score was still blank.
After that game, Solskjaer said that “it seemed like a little influence on the officials was working,” following Lampard’s claim, United “got some [decisions] in their favor “of VAR as the semi-final approaches.
Mourinho’s previous penalty gybes
Liverpool remain in the lead ahead of United in goal difference, but the champions could be replaced as absolute Premier League leaders as they welcome their rivals to Anfield on January 17 – live on Sky Sports – if United avoid defeat in their hand match against Burnley.
Klopp isn’t the only one pointing out United’s penalty record, with Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho twice mentioning the number of kicks his former team have received.
Last July, Mourinho said Bruno Fernandes had “proven to be an excellent penalty taker, one of the best in the world, because he had around 20 to score”.
And after Spurs’ win over Leeds on January 2, Mourinho aimed for another apparent jibe over United while praising Heung-Min Son for reaching 100 goals for the club.
“To get the Puskas award, score 100 goals for Tottenham and maybe be among the Premier League’s top three scorers without a penalty,” Mourinho said.
“Some players score 10 goals a season on penalties and I’m not talking about Harry Kane, by the way. I am so happy for Son. ”