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Klopp: Referees deprived Liverpool of ‘deserved’ EPL title last season

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The Reds lost an extremely close title race to Manchester City.

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Jurgen Klopp has insisted ‘decisive’ refereeing mistakes has led to Liverpool’s failure to win last season’s Premier League title.

Manchester City edged out the Reds by only one point to claim their fourth league trophy under Pep Guardiola. However, Klopp believes fair refereeing could have resulted in a different outcome for the title race. 

“I don’t have any problems with anyone from City. They deserved it just as much as we deserved it,” he told Sport 1

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“What comes up in a moment like that: a few things happened over the season when a few things went against us, so I was thinking on the day: Let’s hope it won’t be decisive in the end.

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“And then you forget about it again and don’t think about it. There were really blatant refereeing decisions. You keep thinking, what went in our favour?

“Completely without club glasses. We were lucky once not to get a penalty against us. But we were already leading 2-0. Otherwise – nothing. And against us? Clear handball penalties, penalties not given, clear red cards not given against us, so for the opponent.

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“That comes up at this moment. It’s human to think for a moment. But I don’t carry that around for long.”

Liverpool were pushing to win a historic quadruple at the final stages of the last season. However, they lost the two major tiles to City and Real Madrid

 “No matter how Manchester City get the result, I accepted it – it’s deserved. And the other way round quite the same,” he added.

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 “And I can say: today I would be sitting here and wouldn’t feel one bit different if I had become champion and won the Champions League for a second time.”