Roy Hodgson makes shock Mane claim after Liverpool win
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp felt his side were fortunate to come away with the win against Crystal Palace after Mo Salah netted his 37th goal of the season, but for relegation-threatened Crystal Palace, things were very different.
After the officials failed to send off Sadio Mane, meaning Liverpool then went on to win the game with all 11 players on the field, there were many angry Palace fans out there, but manager Roy Hodgson refused to get wound up by the standard of officiating, and said that the team need to focus on staying in the Premier League.
He admitted that his side are playing well, but haven’t come away with much in the last few games, and that needs to change – but he did refuse to place a huge amount of blame on the officials.
Hodgson said: “I don’t really like spending my time discussing refereeing decisions and what is right and wrong because that’s all part of the game.
“The fact is playing against 10 men for the last 25 minutes may not have given us an advantage anyway.
“It has been disappointing these past few weeks where the team has done well and deserved something form the game but come away with nothing.
“I don’t subscribe to the fact that the next six games will be easy because the teams around us will be as difficult to beat as Liverpool today.
“I can only hope we start scoring the goals soon and don’t continue to suffer from the mistakes that cost us today.
“It’s very disappointing, for them to get the winning goal so close to end of the game it’s tough to take.
“It feels like a groundhog day when we play against the top teams. In the second-half we played well and controlled the ball and created better chances but we also conceded both goals.”
Klopp, however, felt his side had got away with one, and noted he felt Mane was going to be sent off after handling the ball when already on a yellow card.
He said: “I saw the first incident once and it looked like a clear penalty. Yes [Mane] goes down late but there was contact there.
“The referee doesn’t agree and says it’s a dive but for me it’s a penalty and no yellow card.
“The second one is a foul on Sadio and yes he puts his hand on the ball which is a second yellow, so we were lucky in that instance but not over the course of 90 minutes because the first one wasn’t a yellow card.”
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