‘It’s unfair’ … ‘What you’re doing NOW is unfair’: Microphones on the field reveal Jurgen Klopp’s post-match tirade against referee Felix Brych, before turning to respond to a countryman’s statements about ‘personal’ decisions
- Jurgen Klopp was furious with the referee in Liverpool’s 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid
- The German Felix Brych was seen full-time berating about his decision-making
- The Reds boss tells him he was “dishonest” before Brych backtracked on his behavior
- As they continue their exchange, Brych says, ‘What you are doing is also unfair’
Jurgen Klopp has been seen refereeing Felix Brych over his ‘unfair’ decisions following Liverpool’s 3-1 loss to Real Madrid, with the referee hitting back at his countryman for his behavior.
The Reds sank to a disappointing defeat in the Spanish capital on Tuesday-evening thanks to a Vinicius Jr double on either side of half-time and a strike by Marco Asensio, with Mohamed Salah withdrawing one earlier.
But Klopp was left furious by not awarding a foul on Sadio Mane seconds before Asensio added a second and didn’t hold back after the full-time whistle – he followed Brych off the field and kept him on duty on his shift.
Jurgen Klopp did not hold back his criticism of referee Felix Brych (R) after Liverpool’s 3-1 loss to Real Madrid on Tuesday night.
Klopp told him ‘unfair is the worst thing you can say about a referee’ after the final whistle
But Brych hit back, telling his fellow countryman that he was also not being fair in his comments
While the pair speak in German, Klopp can be heard saying, ‘It’s unfair and unfair is the worst thing you can say about a referee’.
Brych looks unfazed by the criticism he has received from the former Borussia Dortmund boss and simply replies: “Jurgen, what you are doing now is also unfair.”
Klopp continued his rant at Brych while speaking to the media after the game and declined to let the matter rest, insisting that he had made ‘personal decisions’ against Mane, explaining that he had simply told the referee that he was being unfair opposite the Senegalese star.
“The situation with Sadio, I’m not sure what the referee did tonight,” said an enraged Klopp. It seemed like it was a bit personal.
Mane was brought down by Lucas Vazquez just before Real Madrid’s second of the evening
I told him after the game that I thought he was being unfair with Sadio. He didn’t lose us the game, but you just need a good ref. ‘
Liverpool were off the pace at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano, Real Madrid’s training ground, and Klopp admitted the ‘strange’ atmosphere affected his side, while also admitting that his players weren’t good enough.
“If we want to go to the semi-finals, we have to earn the right to do so and we especially did not do that in the first half,” Klopp said after the final whistle.
Klopp admitted that the decision-making Liverpool did not lose the game during their poor game
It was another cathartic evening for Liverpool, where their European hopes hung by a thread
‘The only good thing I can say about the game, apart from the goal, is that it is only the first half of the stage. We just didn’t play well enough tonight to cause more trouble for Real Madrid.
‘I thought it would have been possible, but we have to show it in the next game. We’ve made it too easy for them.
“This was strange tonight because it was very difficult with the stadium (in the training ground of Madrid), but at least Anfield is a real stadium and it will be good for us.”