LIVERPOOL: Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp claims he did not see an incident that could have resulted in James Milner being sent off during the Premier League match against Manchester City at Anfield which ended 2-2.
Milner, who played at right-back in place of Trent Alexander-Arnold, had picked up his first yellow card for fouling Bernardo Silva in the second half.
Referee Paul Tierney did not show Milner a second yellow card – causing City manager Pep Guardiola to protest to fourth referee Mike Dean on the sidelines.
Shortly afterwards Liverpool took a 2-1 lead thanks to Mohamed Salah’s impressive goal, but City equalized through Kevin De Bruyne. Milner was replaced by Joe Gomez.
“I don’t know. Is there a situation where Pep is up in the air? I don’t see. I see Pep’s reaction but I don’t know why he did it.
“It was my plan to remove Milner because he was clearly a target. He played brilliantly in the first half, it wasn’t easy to control them. They were very good. Then I changed him, that’s all,” Klopp said.
Klopp also featured Salah who blasted Liverpool’s second goal: “If Leo Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo scored that goal, the whole world would say it was because they were world class players.
“Mo Salah scored the goal because he is one of the best players in the world.”