The rhythmic keyboard tapping in the Anfield media room stopped suddenly during Jurgen Klopp’s latest pre-match press conference, as collectively every journalist present had the same thought.
Has he just said what I think he’s said?
“It was an obvious mistake and I think there would have been solutions for it afterwards,” the Liverpool boss told reporters when asked about the ongoing fallout from the Reds’ controversial 2-1 loss to Tottenham Hotspur.
“If not, I can say immediately, and probably some people don’t want me to say it, not as the manager of Liverpool but much more as a football person, I think the only outcome should be a replay. That’s how it is. It probably will not happen.”
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Football was unified in its disbelief at Luis Diaz’s goal incorrectly being disallowed for offside in the Reds’ loss to Tottenham on Saturday, after VAR had failed to intervene despite ruling that it was a valid goal at Stockley Park. Yet an official club statement calling for ‘escalation and resolution’ prompted tribal divides when it came to debating what should happen next.
Now, with an unprecedented call for a replay, Klopp has opened up an entirely new can of worms that leads football down a very uncertain path.
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