Pundits Slam Jurgen Klopp After Liverpool Boss' Extraordinary Post-Match Rant

Pundits have unanimously slammed Jurgen Klopp for complaining about refereeing decisions after Liverpool drew 1-1 with Everton on Sunday (December 10).

Craig Pawson, the official at Anfield, awarded a late penalty to Everton in the Merseyside derby after Dominic Calvert-Lewin went over from a push by Liverpool's Dejan Lovren.

Wayne Rooney converted the subsequent penalty that saw Liverpool remain fourth in the Premier League table, which led to a heated post-match interview for Klopp.

"Calvert-Lewin is smart and takes a step but even then it's nothing," an angry Klopp said to Sky Sports. "The referees don't understand that the player is doing that.

"I cannot believe in a game like this when only one team is trying to win it and the other team were never in our box, and then you give it, you open the door for them like this."

After arguing with the reporter, Klopp said: "We can stop the interview, because I only want to speak with someone who has a little bit of understanding of football."

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Jurgen Klopp at Anfield, Liverpool, England, December 10. Klopp was criticized for complaining about refereeing decisions after drawing the Merseyside derby. PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty

But the German manager may find it difficult to find many people to talk to, for much of the post-match analysis agreed with referee Pawson and criticized Klopp's team selection. Klopp opted to start the game with 20-year-old Dominic Solanke, while leaving Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino on the bench.

Alan Shearer, the former Newcastle and England striker, compared the situation to Jose Mourinho's complaints following defeat in the Manchester derby while on Match of the Day.

"We've just seen Mourinho try and blame the referee to cover up his team's inadequacies, and Klopp comes on and goes on about terrible decisions and there was only one team in it," Shearer said.

"Well, have a look at your own team selection. You left a guy out who scored a hat-trick in midweek [Coutinho], and as a centre forward, I know that the time to be left out is when you're not scoring goals. When you're scoring goals you can't wait to get out on the pitch.

"Instead of putting a guy in who is still learning his trade [Solanke] in such an important game, and instead of blaming the referee, blame yourself, and blame your players for stupid defending and for not going 2-0 up when Mane goes through."

Shearer added: "Fans may listen to the manager and think he's right, but I don't. I think he needs to blame himself and his players for not doing the job he should have done. Terrible defending, again, and if Mane does his job correctly it would be 2-0 up and game over."

Former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy agreed, but also pointed at Klopp's team selection in defense and said Lovren was culpable for the dropped points.

"[Lovren] is a liability," Murphy said. "Jurgen Klopp has to look at his selection, because he keeps letting the team down. I don't know the fella, and I'm sure he's trying his best, but he's not good enough.

"Fans aren't stupid. Klopp has gone onto the pitch to have a go at the referee without seeing [the replay] first. Go and have a watch of the video."

Working as a pundit for Sky Sports, Graeme Souness focused his criticism toward the players for failing to score more and ensure the points remained at Anfield.

"They have all that ball and all those chances, especially just before half-time with [Sadio] Mane where he can make it 2-0. They are in a comfort zone and it just shows," Souness said.

Victory would have seen Liverpool leapfrog Chelsea into third after Antonio Conte's team was beaten 1-0 at the London Stadium on Saturday. Klopp's team is now 16 points off leader Manchester City, and hosts West Brom at Anfield on Wednesday before traveling to the south coast to face Bournemouth on Sunday.