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Jurgen Klopp gives verdict on Cristiano Ronaldo red card claim in Manchester United’s defeat to Liverpool


Liverpool players were furious with Cristiano Ronaldo for kicking out at Curtis Jones (Reuters)

Jurgen Klopp believed Cristiano Ronaldo should have been sent off during Manchester United’s 5-0 defeat to Liverpool on Sunday.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side were comprehensively beaten at Old Trafford as a hat-trick from Mohamed Salah, plus goals from Naby Keita and Diogo Jota, sealed a comfortable win for Liverpool.

United were reduced to 10 men in the second half after Paul Pogba, who was brought on at the break, was sent off for his tackle on Naby Keita.

But Ronaldo also provided another flashpoint in the first half as he kicked Curtis Jones on the floor.

Liverpool’s players were furious with Ronaldo’s actions but referee Anthony Taylor only gave a yellow card to the United forward.

Klopp, however, believes Ronaldo was fortunate to escape a red card.

Cristiano Ronaldo kicked Curtis Jones on the floor (Getty)

When asked about the incident after the game, Klopp replied: ‘I saw it, of course, in the game and for me it looked like [a red card].

‘But I got told that he hits the ball or whatever, or he didn’t hear the whistle, that’s fine.

‘I don’t want Cristiano Ronaldo to get a red card, it’s not me saying that. For me it looked like [it], but I got convinced, or told at least, that it was not, and that’s fine.’

Cristiano Ronaldo received a yellow card for kicking out at Curtis Jones (Reuters)

Meanwhile, former Premier League referee and head of the PGMOL Keith Hackett believes a yellow card was the right decision but Ronaldo could have got himself sent off for his heated exchange with Liverpool’s players.

‘Ronaldo kicked and made contact with the ball, which fortunately was clear to see,’ Hackett told the Daily Telegraph.

‘Ronaldo was fortunate – the red mist had clearly descended but Taylor’s swift intervention, and that of his assistant standing close by, ensured that the Portuguese did not see his yellow card escalate into red.

‘It was undeniably reckless, but the yellow card was the correct verdict.’

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