Jurgen Klopp Maintains Curtis Jones’ Red Card Against Tottenham Was a “Clear and Obvious Mistake”
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has maintained his belief that the red card given to Curtis Jones during the Reds’ recent match against Tottenham was a “clear and obvious mistake”. Jones was initially shown a yellow card for his challenge on Yves Bissouma, only for the punishment to be upgraded to a dismissal after referee Simon Hooper was advised to consult the VAR monitor.
Liverpool appealed the decision that led to the midfielder receiving a three-game ban, but that appeal was rejected which means he will miss the clashes with Brighton, Everton and Nottingham Forest. Klopp believes that the decision should have been overturned due to the footage that the referee was shown by the VAR, admitting that he would have agreed with the red card had he seen what Hooper saw on the monitor.
Klopp’s Thoughts on the Red Card Decision
“Curtis Jones got a red card and I stick to the opinion that it’s not a red card,” insisted the boss as he previewed Thursday’s Europa League clash with Union SG. “The referee got called to the screen and saw, for the first three seconds, a frozen picture and I would have immediately given a red card for that picture. Then he sees the replay in slow-motion and I would have given a red card for the slow-motion. But in real time it is not a red card.”
The manager added that the process involved in reaching the decision wasn’t fit for purpose, but did insist that he gained a lot from his side’s “wonderful” performance. “You appeal it and then the FA panel tells you it is not a clear and obvious mistake, and I think it is,” he continued.
Klopp’s Reaction to the Appeal Rejection
Klopp reacted to the appeal rejection by expressing his disappointment with the decision, but also his admiration for his team’s performance in spite of the late defeat. “That’s all fine, we can take a lot out of this game and took a lot out of this game, I saw a wonderful team fighting against all odds,” Klopp said. “We didn’t get points, that’s true, but all the rest we can use and that’s what we will do, but not out of a position with anger, that’s not the mood we are in.”
Despite Liverpool’s appeal being rejected, Jurgen Klopp still believes that Curtis Jones’ red card was a “clear and obvious mistake”. He also praised his team’s performance in spite of their late defeat, insisting that they can still take a lot from the game. It remains to be seen how Liverpool will cope without Jones for their upcoming matches against Brighton, Everton and Nottingham Forest.