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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp speaks out after Forest owner’s ‘furious tunnel row’ with ref

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Jurgen Klopp spoke out on Nottingham Forest owner Evangelos Marinakis’ fury after Liverpool’s late win.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp questioned the source of Nottingham Forest owner Evangelos Marinakis’ fury after his side’s last-gasp 1-0 win at the City Ground on Saturday. The Reds continued their Premier League title charge through Darwin Nunez’s 99th-minute header, sparking incredible scenes at full-time.

Liverpool looked tired and out of ideas against Forest, but another moment of individual excellence fuelled Klopp’s dream of lifting four trophies in his farewell season.

Nunez, a second-half substitute, produced that moment on this occasion, moving the visitors four points ahead of Manchester City at the Premier League summit.

But it didn’t come without controversy. Moments earlier, referee Paul Tierney stopped play due to a head injury to Ibrahima Konata inside Liverpool’s area.

Callum Hudson-Odoi was in possession of the ball on the left as the game was stopped. However, upon the restart, Tierney allowed Liverpool to restart proceedings rather than giving the ball back to Forest.

Then came the winning goal, which left Forest ruing an array of missed chances earlier in the match and just four points above the relegation zone with a potential points deduction lingering in the background.

When it’s put like that, Forest chief Marinakis’ reaction doesn’t come as much of a surprise, but it made for an explosive conclusion.

After full-time, Tierney was surrounded by Forest players and coaches, who were also spotted arguing with Virgil van Dijk amid the wild celebrations in the away end.

Tierney showed Forest coach Steven Reid a red card for his actions before he joined Marinakis in sensationally rushing after the referee down the tunnel in search of a confrontation.

BBC Radio Five Live reporter Rob Schofield claimed that the duo reached as far as Tierney’s office yelling: “Respect the players! Respect the players! This happens every week! Respect the players!”

Marinakis reportedly had to be restrained by security as tensions threatened to spill over in the background of Liverpool’s delight and Forest’s despair.

 

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