Former Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg called Jurgen Klopp a “hypocrite” for the penalty kick and said Liverpool players were also guilty of diving.
After Liverpool’s 1-0 defeat at Southampton last week, Klopp said two penalties should have been awarded for his team and suggested that Manchester United might have been more likely to make the decisions.
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Klopp avoided an FA sanction because of his comments, but Clattenburg said the Liverpool boss tried to influence officials ahead of the conflict at the top of the table against United on Sunday.
“Jurgen Klopp must be concerned, as his last week’s comments on Manchester United and the penalties came directly from Sir Alex Ferguson’s game book,” he wrote in the Daily Mail.
“These were mind games – an attempt to influence referee Paul Tierney and get into his head before the big game between Liverpool and United this Sunday.
“But let’s be clear: there is no conspiracy by the referees and officials. Did Klopp insinuate that he exists? Or did he suggest that United have players who encourage diving?”
“If his intention was the former, then I don’t have time for that. It’s just not true. First, it sounds like a hypocrite if he suggests that United players want to get penalties.
“I like it [Mo] Wrong and [Sadio] Disadvantages are equally capable of applying similar tactics.
“However, he is obviously getting nervous, because we haven’t seen such an obvious attempt from Fergie to influence the referee before the big game. Klopp didn’t do that last season when Liverpool won every week.
“He doesn’t like to lose, he never does. He gets prickly. But he’s wrong when he suggests that there is an aura around United that sees them by favorable decisions.”
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer responded to Klopp’s comments last week and also accused him of trying to influence referees.
Klopp’s team can win in points with leader United by winning at Anfield on Sunday before meeting them again in the fourth round of the FA Cup next week.