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Jurgen Klopp explains what he doesn’t want people to ‘start thinking’ after Liverpool red cards

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Reaction from the Liverpool boss after the Premier League clash at Spurs on Saturday

Jurgen Klopp has insisted that Curtis Jones did not deserve to be sent off in Liverpool’s 2-1 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.

The midfielder was dismissed in the first half for a foul on Yves Bissouma, with referee Simon Hooper upgrading his decision to book the 22-year-old after being told to check the VAR monitor.

Diogo Jota would later also be shown his marching orders as he picked up two bookings in quick succession in the second half, with Liverpool having now been shown four red cards already this season from just seven Premier League matches. Alexis Mac Allister was sent off against AFC Bournemouth, though that was later rescinded on appeal, while Virgil van Dijk was dismissed away at Newcastle United

Prior to this season’s four red cards, the Reds had only seen nine players dismissed since Klopp was appointed manager in October 2015, with the previous most recent four dating back to January 2019. Liverpool have often topped the fair play chart each season, with the German adamant that his side are not a dirty team despite their recent controversial disciplinary issues.

“Red card for Curtis, probably everybody in the room here thinks it’s a clear red card,” he told reporters after the final whistle. “I think different because I played football and most of you probably didn’t.

“He had full power on the ball, rolls over the ball and then he hits the decisive part of the leg. When you see it in slow motion it looks horrendous but when you see it in real time it’s not even that close to being that bed. It wasn’t even close to being on purpose.

“It’s not too important what I think about it as my thoughts will change nothing. The game is in real time but we judge it in slow motion.

“It makes not too much sense in the first place. If they wouldn’t use slow motion we still wouldn’t all agree on the majority of situations. It’s just a different view. Whatever (the officials do) they try to do it right, I assume.”

He continued: “It’s important to me that people don’t start thinking we have so many red cards so we are a kicking team. We don’t (go kicking players).

“The first red card for Alex wasn’t a red card. Second is for a normal foul I would say. Third is for that situation (about Curtis), and the fourth I don’t understand how many games where you see 11 vs 9. It doesn’t happen all that often and we were not kicking Tottenham players. We were trying to play football.

“The first yellow is not a clear yellow and the second is a yellow, maybe. That made everything difficult.”

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