Jurgen Klopp explains why ref made Liverpool defeat ‘more difficult’

Jurgen Klopp has explained why the referee for Liverpool’s Champions League loss to Atalanta “more difficult”.

The Premier League champions suffered a disastrous four minutes at Anfield, conceding a 2-0 defeat to the Italian side.

After being pressured throughout the first half, goals from Josip Ilicic and Robin Gosens in the second half gave Atalanta a boost in their hopes of reaching the round-of-16.

It saw Klopp take aim at match official Carlos del Cerro Grande and his team for their lack of calls during the Champions League clash.

Speaking to BT Sport after the game, Klopp said: “It was not a good game. From both teams, didn't create a lot, until they scored the goals.

“A deserved defeat in a difficult game. The ref didn't whistle a lot and that makes it even more difficult, for both sides. It was unbelievably intense and you need some breaks.

“When the first half is gone, you usually settle but for some players who didn't play for a while it was very intense for them. We didn't find a way in the game.

“Easier to talk about a good game. We had moments but not real chances. It could happen to other teams.

“You ask us to go Saturday at 12:30, which is nearly a crime. That is nothing to do with the result, but congratulations to you.

“Thumbs up, no injuries and we go again.”

Despite suffering an Anfield defeat, Liverpool remain top of Group D in the Champions League.

But they will need to win one of their last two matches to reach the next round as Ajax and Atalanta are level on seven points.

The Reds will take on the Dutch side at the start of December before finishing the group stage fixtures at Champions League debutants Midtjylland.

It will be a tight schedule for Klopp, though, as the games come around a trip to Brighton, a match against Wolves at Anfield and an away game at Fulham.

And this has been a point of anger for the Reds manager, who expressed his feelings live on TV.

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