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‘Not a big deal’ – LASK boss responds to Jurgen Klopp complaint and questions Liverpool decision



LASK head coach Thomas Sageder reacts to his side’s 3-1 Europa League home loss to Liverpool.

LASK head coach Thomas Sageder has questioned whether Liverpool’s second goal in their 3-1 victory over the Austrians should have stood on Thursday night.

Trailing 1-0 at half-time, Jurgen Klopp’s side fought back to open their Europa League group-stage campaign with a win thanks to a Darwin Nunez penalty and strikes from Luis Diaz and Mohamed Salah.

And while was unsure whether it was the right decision to award Liverpool a penalty after Diaz was tripped in the box, Sageder took greater issue with a supposed foul in the build-up to the Colombian’s own strike.

“We could compete against Liverpool but we have to develop certain things,” he told reporters. “You can take positives from every loss and that is what I will tell my players.

“We actually expected it (their line-up) like that. We didn’t focus on the names. In the second half, we saw that Liverpool is a top team. It was very hard for us to win balls and create situations.

“The penalty, I don’t know, I will have to check it. Before the second goal, I think there was a foul against us but I will have to check it later.”

Meanwhile, Sageder also played down Klopp’s own complaints about the pitch at the Raiffeisen Arena.

“Maybe Mr Klopp is used to different pitches,” he said. “But I think it was okay and not a big deal.”


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