Jurgen Klopp sarcastically claps linesman after Liverpool concede controversial penalty vs Brighton

Jurgen Klopp sarcastically clapped the linesman after Liverpool conceded a late penalty at Brighton (Picture: BT Sport)

Jurgen Klopp could face an FA charge after he was seen sarcastically clapping the assistant referee during Liverpool’s controversial draw against Brighton.

The champions looked to be on course for three valuable points thanks to Diogo Jota’s well-taken goal shortly after the hour mark.

Liverpool had earlier seen Mohamed Salah’s first-half goal chalked off for offside and VAR intervened again when substitute Sadio Mane’s header was ruled out for the same offence.

And Klopp’s frustration was compounded deep in injury time when Stuart Attwell was invited to view the pitchside monitor after Andy Robertson sent Danny Welbeck tumbling having made contact with the Brighton striker’s boot.

Attwell reversed his decision and pointed to the spot, handing Pascal Gross the opportunity to rescue a point for the hosts from the penalty spot.

Jurgen Klopp also confronted the match officials after Liverpool squandered two points against Brighton (Picture: Getty)

The frustration was all too much for Klopp, who was seen clapping at one of Atwell’s assistants after Gross had sent Alisson Becker the wrong way from 12 yards, and later confronted the officials following the final whistle.

In truth, Brighton, who also missed a first half penatly, were well worth a point, although Welbeck admitted he and his side got lucky with Atwell’s late decision.

He told BT Sport: ‘It was one of those games where we had to try and stick in until the end. We knew we could create some opportunities and exploit their backline. We got a soft penalty but it’s one we will take. We got the point and we’ll move on now to next week.

‘In today’s game with the VAR, I got there in front and nicked it around him. He kicked me and then the ball, so… The referee went to see it on the screen and made his decision.

‘They could have gone further ahead with the VAR and offside rules. There’s no benefit of doubt in today’s game but it’s 1-1 and that’s how it’s ended.’

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