Jurgen Klopp’s reasoning for Liverpool’s humbling loss to Manchester City saw him add another bizarre excuse to his growing list.
The Reds boss saw his side lose 4-1 to the Premier League leaders at home, with goalkeeper Alisson making crucial errors for two of the goals.
And the manager responded to the blunders by saying: “I don't know, I don't have a real explanation for it, maybe he had cold feet or something.
“It sounds funny but it could be. He had the opportunity to kick it in the stands.”
But it is not the first time Klopp has picked out bizarre reasons for results not going Liverpool’s way…
This excuse has actually been pulled out a few times by the Reds boss.
The first came just three months into his tenure at Anfield, describing the weather as “quite extreme” and forcing him to “adapt his style”.
And it was pulled out again when Liverpool crashed out of the 2019 FA Cup against Wolves – and then the Merseyside derby draw against Everton two months later.
He said at Molineux: “The wind didn’t help. Players struggled to control the ball.”
The most recent use of the excuse, though, came over the Festive period after a 0-0 draw against Newcastle, cutting a furious figure in the interview.
“The broadcasters cut the game short!”
Klopp’s relationship with the Premier League broadcasters has become strained this season, getting into spats with BT Sport and Sky Sports reporters.
But the telecommunications giant was in his sights three years ago, when Liverpool crashed out of the FA Cup to West Brom at home.
The first half had been interrupted eight times with the introduction of VAR – and the German said BT Sport interfered to cut the additional minutes short.
“What I heard was that the actual extra time in the first half should have been 10 minutes,” Klopp said.
“It was only four minutes. I heard that television said it’s not longer than four minutes.
“Of course that’s not possible, you can’t cut match time because there is something else to broadcast."
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“The pitch was too dry!”
The Baggies’s success against Liverpool three months later, grabbing a 2-2 draw at the Hawthornes, saw Klopp take aim at other staff members with a savage remark on their relegation battle.
Klopp said: “It was a difficult game, especially after the pitch got drier and drier, we had the ball constantly and it’s not so easy.
“West Brom obviously decided not to water the pitch at half-time again. It was quite difficult.
“That’s how it is and we have to deal with that. They can do it next year, playing with a dry pitch in the Championship.”
Bury’s pitch managers were also criticised in a pre-season friendly three years ago while even the pitchmen at Anfield have been on the end of Klopp’s excuses following a 0-0 draw against the Saints.
In his defiance, the Liverpool boss even said: “I know nobody wants to hear it but I’m brave enough to say it.
“The referee’s decisions were rhythm breakers!”
Premier League officials have often come under fire from Klopp – but Kevin Friend got it in the next for a different reason two years ago.
The Reds took the lead against West Ham in London through Sadio Mane, who picked up the ball from an offside James Milner.
VAR got another decision wrong for Liverpool’s second goal but West Ham made sure it was 2-2 at full time.
And Klopp took a different tact with analysis of Friend, saying: “He knew it for sure at half-time, and then you saw a lot of strange situations.
“They were not decisive but just rhythm breakers. That obviously didn’t help us.”
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With the Reds in the midst of a 2018/19 title race, their chances took a huge dent when they drew 1-1 at Anfield with Leicester in January two years ago.
Despite the snow being pushed off to the sides of the pitch, the Liverpool boss insisted it had a role to play in dropped points.
Klopp said after the match: “You saw that the ball didn’t roll really.
“If you then have the ball pretty much for 70 to 80 percent of the time it makes life really uncomfortable.
“The only problem is if it stays on the pitch and that was actually the case.
“United had too many injuries!”
Liverpool could not find a way past an depleted Manchester United side during their 0-0 draw in the 2018/19 campaign.
As the Reds continued to let City slip out of their grasp, the manager was left clutching at straws for a reason to concede points against their rivals.
And Klopp claimed: “Everyone saw at United we were confident and we were much better when all of United’s players were on the pitch but the game changed completely.”
“The ball was difficult!”
One of the best excuses came in the FA Cup last season, when the Reds once were knocked out in the fifth round by Chelsea.
Stand-in goalkeeper Adrian fumbled Willian’s drive after 13 minutes for the first goal on the way to a 2-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge.
While it was a big error from the Spaniard, the boss saw it in a different way.
“The specific characteristic of the ball and Willian's shooting technique made life really difficult,” the Reds boss argued.
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