The Football Association (FA) has asked Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp to explain his comments about referee Kevin Friend in his team’s stalemate with West Ham.
Klopp admitted James Milner was offside in the build-up to Sadio Mane’s goal and felt that mistake influenced later decisions made by referee Kevin Friend.
However, the former Dortmund manager claimed Friend favoured the home side in 50-50 decisions after half-time, as the Reds went on to draw for the second game in a row.
“I heard our goal was offside, I’m pretty sure the ref knew that,” the German manager told BBC Sport.
“In 50-50 situations it was always a free-kick for the other team.”
Speaking to Sky Sports, Klopp added: “As a human being, if I know I have made a big mistake in the first half, I don’t want to open the gap anymore.
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“Referees are obviously human beings, and I understand that, but I didn’t during the game because I had no clue that our goal was offside.”
Managers are allowed to speak about referees after matches, provided they do not insinuate bias, call their integrity into question or say anything offensive.
The Reds will be hoping for rare favour from bitter rivals Everton on Wednesday night when they face reigning Champions Everton at Goodison Park.