EPL: Klopp kicks against ‘double punishment’ after Chelsea red card in 1-1 draw


Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, has said the red card shown to Chelsea defender, Reece James, during the club’s 1-1 draw on Saturday, took away the chance to see an exciting second half between the two teams.

Referee Anthony Taylor sent off James following a review of a goal-line clearance.

Taylor also awarded a penalty which Mohamed Salah converted to cancel out Kai Havertz’s opener.

While Klopp felt it was a clear handball, he said the double punishment of a red card, as well as a penalty, had spoilt the game.

He said: “I never liked double punishment, but if somebody ever listened to me about rule changes or rules, a lot of things would look completely different.

“It was absolutely harsh. Spoils the game? Yeah probably. It changed everything, I liked our first half, we were really good, it caused Chelsea a lot of problems. It was an incredibly intense game from Chelsea as well.

“I would have loved to have seen the game in an 11 v 11 situation and see who comes through better but it’s the way it is.”

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