Jurgen Klopp unhappy with Napoli penalty in Liverpool defeat, Jose Callejon went down in Liverpool under minimal pressure from Andrew Robertson.
But the well-placed referee gave a spot-kick, and the VAR official decided not to overturn the decision.
That allowed Dries Mertens to open the score from 12 yards, otherwise, Liverpool was largely comfortable in the game, and in the dying moments, they added a second goal to seal the win in Naples.
“It’s clear and obvious to me, no penalty because Callejon jumps before he has any contact,” Klopp said.
“But we can’t change that, so we have to be critical of ourselves. We’ve done well in a lot of moments, we’ve played a lot of good football, but we haven’t finished.” In the second half, we’ve had this wild game, we’ve been running, they’ve been running.
“Of course that doesn’t help, and I’ve seen it now, I don’t believe it’s a penalty.” Klopp was also dissatisfied with his misfiring forward line.
Whose link-up was far below their usual standard and prompted only two true saves from Napoli goalkeeper Alex Meret over the course of 90 minutes.
“We controlled it in moments, but in the end, we didn’t have enough opportunities,” Klopp said.
“What you saw was a lot of respect from both sides, both of us defended well, and every ball we lost or lost was immediately a threat.”
The last ball is the most difficult ball anyway, and if you’re not in the right circumstances, it’s even more difficult.
And so there were times when we were meant to do better, for sure.