Martin Odegaard of Arsenal handles the ball while trying to stop Mo Salah of Liverpool.
Arsenal captain Odegaard handles the ball while trying to stop Mo Salah of Liverpool.

Klopp left confused by ‘weird’ handball decision as Liverpool held by Arsenal

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp feels his side should have been awarded a penalty during Saturday evening’s 1-1 draw with Arsenal at Anfield. 

The Reds went behind early on after Gabriel Magalhaes scored in the fourth minute, heading in from a Martin Odegaard free kick.

Their lead only last 25 minutes as Mo Salah smashed the ball into the net for the equaliser following a terrific assist from Trent Alexander-Arnold.

Klopp believes Liverpool should have been more ruthless in front of goal after the break, but seemed pleased with his team’s performance nonetheless.

“Oh my god, how strong are they? The good news is we are good as well,” the German told BBC Match of the Day.

“In a game like this, going down early to a set piece is tough, especially with the speed of Arsenal. But the game we played, how we started second half we should have scored.

“We pass instead of shoot, four or five times we do that, it’s a lesson. But generally the game is great.”

In the first half Odegaard handled the ball on the ground inside the box after losing his footing, but referee Chris Kavanagh didn’t point to the spot and the VAR did not contradict his decision.

“The penalty situation is a weird situation,” Klopp said. “I don’t know if the ref can see it, but you look at it and I’m not sure how you can say it’s not a penalty.”

After asking Liverpool supporters to back the team vocally or “give their ticket to somebody else”, Klopp was delighted with the atmosphere they created on the night. “Thank you Anfield, my god, that’s what we can do.”

The results leaves Arsenal on top of the Premier League table heading into Christmas Day, while Liverpool sit just one point behind the north London outfit.

Read – Liverpool boss Klopp clarifies Anfield atmosphere comments

See Also – The teams on top on Christmas Day that didn’t win Premier League

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