Tuesday September 17 2019
Klopp: 'Not a penalty on Callejon'

Jurgen Klopp felt Napoli’s penalty should not have been allowed by VAR, but Liverpool lost “an open game with a lot of counter-attacks.”

Dries Mertens converted the spot-kick and Fernando Llorente completed the 2-0 victory over the Champions League holders.

“It’s an equal game. It should hurt, because there were opportunities for us. It was an open game with a lot of counter-attacks, but we didn't finish them off and that is a problem,” Klopp told BT Sport.

“In the second half it was a wild game, they were running and we were running.”

The deadlock was broken by a Dries Mertens penalty at the 82nd minute, awarded for Henderson’s challenge on Jose Callejon, with the VAR booth declining to intervene.

“I don't think it's a penalty. What can I say, for me, it is clear and obvious no penalty. He jumps before any contact, we can't change that.

“We played a lot of good football but didn't finish it off. We controlled moments, but had not enough chances in the end. We made decisions that were not right and have to accept the result. It was very often the final ball that was not right.”

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