Jürgen Klopp remained furious with referee Craig Pawson and his video assistant Stuart Attwell following Liverpool’s 3-2 loss to West Ham on Sunday, saying officials let his players down over two key decisions and accusing Attwell of ” hide ”behind Pawson on both calls.
West Ham edged Liverpool in third after a barnstorming match at the London Stadium. Klopp praised the winners for their cruelty on the set pieces and the counterattack, but felt that the game was ultimately shaped by how his team fell behind after four minutes and the decision not to fire Aaron Cresswell for his challenge. on Jordan Henderson shortly thereafter.
West Ham took the lead via an own goal against Alisson, resulting in the goalkeeper’s failure to deal with a Pablo Fornals corner.
The visiting players immediately protested the move, insisting to Pawson that Alisson had been fouled by Angelo Ogbonna as the pair stood up to respond to the delivery from Fornals. But after a VAR check performed by Attwell, it was decided that the goal should stand, despite reruns suggesting that Ogbonna collided with Alisson as he attempted and failed to hit the ball with his left arm which, as a result, drifted into the net via his thumb.
“It was a clear foul on Alisson,” Klopp said. “When you see the dynamics of the whole situation, how close they are [Ogbonna and Alisson] are for each other, how can that not be a fault? The decision is really strange.
Cresswell’s challenge on Henderson was also verified by VAR and looked set to lead to a red card given the reckless nature with which West Ham left-back connected to the Liverpool captain’s knee. However, a fault was not even pronounced.
“It’s a clear red card,” Klopp said. ” Yes he [Cresswell] touched the ball, but if it’s a reckless challenge, it doesn’t matter if you touch the ball. You can’t get high like that. There are too many things where it’s “let’s see what VAR says” and we have a problem with clear and obvious errors because whoever we have for VAR is hiding behind the referees. It was a big deal for us today.
For David Moyes, it was a first managerial victory against Liverpool in the Premier League. The hosts had to show some resilience after conceding an equalizer, via a free kick from Trent Alexander-Arnold, just before half-time. It was a blow to West Ham but they responded brilliantly, regaining the advantage via Fornals strike in the 67th minute and sealing the victory via Kurt Zouma’s header from another corner shortly after. “Liverpool played some really good things, but we dug,” Moyes said. “I want us to challenge the teams that are in the top four, I left that to the players. “