Jurgen Klopp has taken a swipe at Newcastle United tactics after they were dramatically beaten by Liverpool on Wednesday night.
Newcastle’s new signing Alexander Isak put the Magpies ahead at Anfield before Roberto Firmino equalized and Fabio Carvalho struck a 98th-minute winner.
Klopp, however, was far from impressed with Eddie Howe’s side, claiming Newcastle should have given more yellow cards and insisting “everyone wants to watch a football match” in reference to their more defensive approach after taking the lead.
Liverpool’s win moved them up to fifth in the table after their slow start to the season and they are back in action against Merseyside rivals Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday.
“I’m really happy that everyone saw it tonight,” said the German coach after Wednesday’s win. “It was hard to take.
“It was a difficult game anyway, Newcastle invested a lot to close us. They came close to getting pretty much anything for it.
“Obviously everyone wants to watch a football match and when it’s interrupted so often it’s not nice for anyone.
“The only chance we have, not just for this game but in general, is if the referee draws yellow cards earlier.
“I don’t know when kicking the ball was no longer a yellow card. When did this rule die?
“I had no idea if that was intentional tonight or if the players really had to go down because of a minor injury. I do not know.’
Speaking more broadly about his side’s win, Klopp told BT Sport: “[It was] The perfect moment to win this game because it was a difficult game, very passionate, aggressive defense.
“It’s difficult to pick up the rhythm of a game where everything clicked instantly, and you find yourself in situations where it doesn’t click instantly.
“Even before we were 1-0 down, we looked a bit desperate in situations. We had to force ourselves to keep calm and move on.
“In the end we forced it and what a wonderful goal from the birthday boy. It’s his second goal for him. Fantastic boy, we changed pretty much everything, very attacking oriented, but he can play there too.
“When a boy is as good as he is, he needs the moment.”
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