Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has commented on the incident involving Andy Robertson and assistant referee Constantine Hatzidakis during Liverpool’s 2-2 draw with Arsenal. Robertson was seen to be furious with Hatzidakis, suggesting that he had been elbowed by the official. Referee Paul Tierney subsequently issued a yellow card to Robertson for his protestations at half-time. Speaking to Sky Sports, Klopp said that he had not watched the incident but acknowledged that it had taken place. He added that if it had happened, the pictures would speak for themselves.
The incident occurred during a thrilling game in which Liverpool came from two goals down to draw with Arsenal. Gabriel Martinelli and Gabriel Jesus had put the Gunners in control before Mo Salah pulled one back for Liverpool just before half-time. However, Salah missed a penalty in the second half before substitute Roberto Firmino equalised for the hosts. Liverpool pressed for a winner late on, but Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale made a sensational stop to deny Salah before blocking a shot from Ibrahima Konate at the death.
Klopp described the game as “typical” for Liverpool’s season, with an open game in which Arsenal scored with their first two chances. However, he praised his team’s reaction and described the atmosphere as “sensational”. He added that Liverpool deserved at least a point and could have won the game with their late chances.
The incident involving Robertson and Hatzidakis was widely discussed after the game, with Sky Sports commentator Jamie Carragher claiming that Robertson had been elbowed by the assistant referee. Roy Keane, however, took a different view, calling Robertson a “big baby” and telling him to concentrate on his defending. The incident is now being reviewed by the Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL).
Liverpool’s draw with Arsenal leaves them in sixth place in the Premier League table, six points behind fourth-placed West Ham United. They face Aston Villa in their next game on 10 April.