Jurgen Klopp hits out at Diogo Jota red card

Jurgen Klopp has continued the debate over Saturday's controversial defeat to Tottenham by claiming Diogo Jota was booked twice without 'touching a player once'.

Liverpool ended the 2-1 Premier League loss with just nine men, following the dismissals of Curtis Jones and Jota.

Despite the sendings off, and the failure to award Luis Diaz's legitimate first-half goal, the Reds defended valiantly and were ultimately only undone by a stoppage time own goal from Joel Matip.

The game has since become one of the most infamous in recent times, with the refereeing body PGMOL apologising for the 'significant human error' that led to Diaz's effort incorrectly being ruled out for offside.

In his pre-match press conference ahead of the Europa League clash with Union Saint-Gilloise, Klopp claimed he believes there should be a replay because of the officiating error, while he also called out the decisions that led to Jota's red card.

"Diogo Jota got two yellow cards for not touching a player once, that's unprecedented as well I would say," he said.

"But that's all fine. We can take a lot out of this game and took a lot out of this game. We saw a wonderful team fighting against all odds.

"I don't know how it happened that we ended up with eight cards [bookings] altogether. It's a strange one."

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While the Reds were unable to appeal Jota's one-match suspension, owing to the fact it came as a result of two yellow cards, the club did see an appeal to overturn Curtis Jones' dismissal rejected by the FA – a decision Klopp disagreed with.

"We talk about the process of VAR and how they talk to each other, but in this game there was another situation where Curtis Jones got a red card and I stick to the opinion it was not a red card," Klopp argued.

"The referee got called to the screen and saw for the first three seconds a frozen picture. I would have given immediately a red card for that picture. Then he sees the replay in slow motion and I’d have given a red card for the slow motion.

"But it’s not a red card. Then you go for it [the appeal], the FA panel say it’s not a clear and obvious mistake, but I think it is. The ref’s first decision is yellow. Then the clear and obvious mistake is showing a frozen picture and in slow motion. We won’t get Curtis back for playing, that’s how it is, fine."

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