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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has responded after Jurgen Klopp raised Manchester United’s penalty record after Liverpool’s loss to Southampton.
Klopp was evidently sore after the loss at St. Mary’s, his wounds still fresh when he faced questions from the media after the game.
As Sky sports report, Klopp mentioned the fact that United has been awarded significantly more penalties than Liverpool in recent times.
It seemed like a slightly out of place observation, and the timing of it only misrepresented Klopp, who could be accused of bitter in defeat.
Speaking ahead of Manchester United’s Carabao Cup semi-final clash with Manchester City on Wednesday night, Solskjaer was unsurprisingly questioned about these comments, and here is his answer …
?? “Maybe it is a way to influence the referees?”
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has laughed at Jurgen Klopp’s comparison of Manchester United vs. Liverpool penalty records
– Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) January 5, 2021
Solskjaer has taken it quite well, gives it credit, but questions why managers say these things in public view, suggesting it could be an attempt to influence officials.
Whether Klopp had such intentions in making these comments is something only he would know, but to be fair, he sounded like an angry and frustrated manager speaking shortly after watching his team lose.