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Mac Allister red card doesn’t tick the boxes says Klopp

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp doesn’t feel that Alexis Mac Allister deserved to see red against Bournemouth.

Mac Allister red card doesn’t tick the boxes

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While Liverpool went on to win 3-1, Klopp feels they were hard done by for the decision to send him packing.

“Yes, I saw it back,” Klopp said after the match.

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“I think the amount of times I got asked about it [by the media] shows already it is worth discussing it again, which we will probably do. I saw it back now, in the game I couldn’t… I asked Macca and he said, ‘I touched him but not really.’ That was all he told me.

After the game I saw it back now and I think if you have a list of points of what you need to give a red card, I think the majority – besides contact – nothing else, no other boxes ticked in that moment. 

“I think it is a decision we all agree if he gives a yellow card the VAR would not overturn it. 

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“He gave a red card and the VAR is not overturning it because the contact means there is no clear and obvious [error]. Mistake, but I think the punishment [of] 40 minutes with 10 men in that weather today is already punishment enough, but let’s see. I don’t know. We have to talk to the authorities.”

Mac Allister
Liverpool’s Alexis Mac Allister (right) is acknowledged by manager Jurgen Klopp after being shown a red card by referee Thomas Bramall for serious foul play during the Premier League match at Anfield, Liverpool. Photo: Peter Byrne/Backpagepix

A forced debut

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The red card forced an emergency debut for new signing Wataru Endo, with Klopp apologising for throwing him into the deep end.

Klopp added: “First game, coming in, and I think we saw Harvey [Elliott] is in a really good moment but Harvey came on as well in this game and was running left and right and then his heart rate was 240 probably and that was pretty much the same for Endo. 

“It was two days he had so no surprise that, [while] he did absolutely alright, he came there [and] had no clue what to do. I spoke this morning with him about how with 11 players his position would look, but a 4-4-1 was not involved in our conversation.

“That’s it now. I don’t think he slept a lot in the last two nights so he came on now and threw everything on the pitch he had and that’s it.”

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