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Bruno Fernandes responds to Jurgen Klopp over Manchester United penalty jibe


Bruno Fernandes believes Jurgen Klopp could be using a tactic to put pressure on referees (EPA)

Bruno Fernandes has hit back at Jurgen Klopp after the Liverpool manager complained about the number of penalties Manchester United have received in recent seasons.

Klopp sparked a huge debate earlier this month when he pointed out that United had received far more penalties than his Liverpool team.

Since Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford in December 2018, United have been awarded 42 penalties, while Liverpool have been given 19 in all competitions.

But Fernandes believes Klopp’s decision to publicly highlight the penalty count is potentially a ploy to put pressure on referees.

‘People can talk and say what they want,’ said Fernandes.

‘But, for me and the team, the main point is continuing to do the right things and when we get a penalty, scoring. I don’t hear, I don’t care, honestly. You always see what people say but I really don’t care. I’m not focused on what they are saying.

Jurgen Klopp has pointed out that Manchester United have been awarded more penalties than Liverpool (AFP via Getty)

‘I played in Portugal and when you play for Sporting, Benfica and Porto are always talking about that kind of stuff, sometimes to put pressure on the referee, sometimes just to make some noise in the press.

‘But, for me, the main point is when we have a penalty, if I go to take the ball to the penalty spot, I have to do my job.

‘One thing I saw in the news the other day was that Raheem Sterling has missed his last three penalties [for Manchester City].

‘So, yes, it shows it’s not as easy to take a penalty as people say. You have to work on that, you have to be focused, you have to do your job.

‘It’s clear like that. It doesn’t mean Raheem Sterling is not a good penalty taker because he missed three in a row. It can happen.

‘It could maybe happen to me but the important thing is to score and not to listen to what people say because penalties are part of the game, for everyone.’

Fernandes and United travel to Anfield to face Liverpool on Sunday.

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