Saturday evening saw Liverpool vs Chelsea lock horn at Anfield in a blockbuster fixture as 10-man Chelsea held Liverpool to a draw after James red card incident.
Jurgen Klopp believes Reece James red card “spoiled the game” as Liverpool were forced tov a home draw with 10-man Chelsea.
The visitors took the lead through Kai Havertz’s looping header before the Reds were given a chance to get back into the game from the penalty spot towards the end of the first half.
After Sadio Mane’s supposed goal-bound was handled on the line by James, referee Anthony Taylor sent off the right-back following a check on the pitch-side monitors at Anfield.
A decision that changed the atmosphere of the game as the London club were forced to ‘park the bus’ to earn a vital point against their fellow title challengers.
Klopp said he would have preferred to have seen the game remain eleven a side.
He said: “I never like the double punishment, but if someone ever listened to me about the rule changes or rules, then a lot of things would look completely different, but they still look like they look.
“It was absolutely harsh and yes and spoiled the game, probably.
“I liked our first half and we caused Chelsea problems and we caused them problems in the second half as well, it was incredible intensity for Chelsea too.
“But they did well and that’s why they deserved the point, obviously, but I would have loved to have seen the game stay in an 11 versus 11 situation.
Tuchel on the other hand doubted the decision speaking on his post-match interview with Skysport.
“It spoils the game, I have no solution for it. Maybe it’s a red card and it denies a chance,” Tuchel said.
“There’s a deflection so who knows. Sometimes you get it for a harsh tackle and then the whole game is spoiled.
“I don’t know exactly what happens and what doesn’t happen now. We were just a bit worried that he’s just looking at a photo. The photo gives a clear image that it’s a penalty.
Jody Morris also reacted to the decision of the refree to issue James red card vis his personal Twitter account. He tweeted: “Don’t see that being a red ever.”
Tuchel will now looks to build upon this resilient performance with a third league win after the international break next against Aston Villa.
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