LIVERPOOL boss Jurgen Klopp has ripped into the match officials following this evening’s draw at Arsenal.
The two sides played out a 1-1 draw at the Emirates as Alexandre Lacazette’s late equaliser cancelled out James Milner’s opener.
But the result could have been different if Sadio Mane’s first-half strike had counted.
The Senegal international tapped home after Roberto Firmino’s effort hit the crossbar.
However, referee Andre Marriner ruled out the goal after the linesman flagged for offside, which replays later showed was the wrong decision.
“I am not happy with how we defended.”
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp
Virgil van Dijk missed a number of guilt-edged chances to put the result beyond doubt for the visitors.
And while Klopp was pleased with Liverpool’s performance after the break, the German ripped into their first-half display.
“We scored a goal which was not offside and Virgil had two chances he would normally score with his eyes closed,” he said.
“I am not happy with how we defended in the first half, that is not what I want.
“We were outstanding on the counter attack.
“It’s a point, we take that, and a point at Arsenal is always a good result but we could have won.
“We had clear chances, they had chances as well.”
And when asked about Mane’s disallowed goal he said: “There is only one person who can answer the question and that’s the linesman.
“That’s football. If he thought the first situation was offside then I think he was wrong.
“But it’s not going to change and we made more mistakes than the referee. It would have been cool if this goal could count.”
The result puts Liverpool temporarily top of the Premier League, with Manchester City set to face Southampton tomorrow.
Arsenal remain fourth in the table, four points shy of the Reds.