Luton’s ‘wrestling’ sees Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp moan about lack of punishment

Jurgen Klopp was furious with what he felt was ‘wrestling’ by Luton’s defenders at set pieces including when Virgil van Dijk was hauled to the floor during their draw against Luton.

He said after the match: “I respect a lot what they do but the way they defend set-pieces, if you watch it back, that’s wrestling. It’s not on the edge, it’s on the wrong side of it. But they don’t get punished, so why should they change it?”

Luton boss Rob Edwards was left to rue the late equaliser but was happy with his side in their first league meeting with Liverpool since 1992 and dismissed Klopp’s claims of wrestling He said: “My overall feeling is pride. We have to be physical, we can’t just give them free headers.”

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Klopp also hailed Luis Diaz for his stoppage time leveller but insisted the real joy will only come when his father is released by his captors. The Colombian came off the bench to rescue a point for Liverpool as he cancelled out Tahith Chong’s effort for the hosts at Kenilworth Road.

Diaz, 26, is still awaiting news on his father, Luis Manuel, who was kidnapped last weekend back in his homeland and has yet to be found. But he showed courage to salvage something for the Reds and revealed a t-shirt with the message of ‘Libertad para papa’ – which means freedom for my father.

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Klopp said: “It was wonderful and emotional and fantastic, but the real problem is not sorted because of that. We wanted to give – and he wanted it as well – Lucho an opportunity to be a bit distracted from the other things.

“He cannot do anything, he is waiting all the time and the family is waiting all the time (for news). I think the signs from Colombia are rather positive and optimistic but the real one thing we all want to hear didn’t happen yet.

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“I understand it’s a nice story and super positive and great for him, but these things (scoring the equaliser) go by. The real information we need is different information."

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