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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer suggested that Jurgen Klopp may have been trying to influence referees by discussing the penalties awarded to Manchester United.
Klopp felt Liverpool should have taken a penalty during Monday’s 1-0 loss to Southampton, while highlighting how many shots from United’s point they received.
Under Klopp, Liverpool have received 46 penalties in all competitions, including 30 in the Premier League. In that same time frame, and under three different coaches, United won 67.
Since Solskjaer became United’s manager in December 2018, United have been given 42, with 27 in the league. Liverpool have had just 19 shots from spot in all competitions up to that point.
But Solskjaer, whose team host Manchester City in the EFL Cup semi-finals on Wednesday, dismissed talks about United’s penalties.
“That is a fact, probably. That is probably my answer, it is a fact that we have more than them, “the United manager told reporters.
“But maybe they should… well, we’ve had… I don’t know how many penalties they’ve had. I don’t count how many penalties they have.
“So if they want to spend time worrying about when we get fouled in the box, then I don’t spend time on that.
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Solskjaer suggested that Klopp was trying to influence referees by discussing United’s penalty shootout record.
“I can’t speak for other managers, that’s why they say things like this,” he said.
“Obviously I felt like it worked out last year in the FA Cup semi-final because Frank [Lampard, Chelsea head coach] talked about it.
“We had a penalty that we should have had and we didn’t, so maybe it’s a way to influence the referees.”