Manchester City won 2-1 against Liverpool last night and there was an incident in the middle of the pitch between Vincent Kompany and Mohamed Salah that Reds boss, Jurgen Klopp took exception to.
John Stones played a careless square pass to Kompany which the Belgian could not reach for and landed directly in front of Salah. The Liverpool star would have been through on goal but Kompany lunged in front of the forward in a scissor-like form to pull Salah into the ground.
Keep in mind that the burly City centre-back did get the ball in the tackle but was out of control at one point and could have seriously injured Salah. In the olden days, such a challenge would have been shrugged off without even a warning but it is hardly appreciated in modern football when you lunge in front of a player with both feet flared out.
Speaking to the press after the game, Klopp said, “I really like Vincent Kompany but how on Earth is that not a red card?. He is last man and he goes in. If he hits Mo more he is out for the season. It is not easy for the ref and he may not see it how I see it.”
The German manager reiterated his sentiments from last week and further added, “I said last time, do we need blood?” he added. “Is it like this? Do we really need an open (wound) and think ‘wow, it must be (a foul)’?”
“Here he (Kompany) saw him and hit him, not as bad as it could have been. That’s all. You can make of it what you want. Look at it and make your own opinion.”