There was much confusion surrounding the ruling of Cody Gakpo’s goal as offside, and Jurgen Klopp sought clarification from the referee. The debate continued into the next day as it was explained that the touch off Ezri Konsa was a “deflection,” and “not a deliberate play.” Klopp argued that it was a “deliberate action” from Konsa, and the referee responded that it was a “subjective decision.” This is another example of how murky the waters are with offside rulings, and it is likely that another set of officials could have viewed the situation differently. Klopp’s position in the stands due to his touchline ban meant he was not involved in any flashpoints with any one of the puzzling decisions, including Tyrone Mings’ yellow card challenge which left Gakpo with ‘branded’ studs to his chest. Thankfully, Gakpo was fit to see out the 90 minutes, but without a goal to his name.
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