By 90Min
December 11, 2017

A visibly furious Jurgen Klopp has criticised the decision to award Everton a penalty in Sunday's 1-1 Merseyside derby draw.

Liverpool led through a superb Mohamed Salah strike, but were pegged back when Dejan Lovren was deemed to have fouled Dominic Calvert-Lewin in the box and Wayne Rooney converted from the spot.

Klopp, who had seen his side dominate throughout, was adamant that the penalty should not have been awarded.

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"Our performance was good," he told Sky Sports. "I saw only one team playing. I can't believe the situation with all the challenges. We were clean and didn't make any fouls.

"There is always one nasty one – [Gylfi] Sigurdsson made that. A clear red card. You see the picture of the penalty. Calvert-Lewin is smart but it is nothing. But it is a penalty and one team can celebrate and we can't.

"I don't understand why the ref is doing that [giving the penalty]. I didn't use one swear word. Only one team is trying over 95 minutes to win it. The other team are not in our box and didn't have a shot on target bar the penalty."

Klopp opted to start with both Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho on the bench, a decision that some have suggested proved costly, but he stood by his choice.

"That is my job," he added. "I make decisions that I think are right. It is your job to say afterwards if it is right. We lived more or less in their box. We could have scored earlier. I have to live with that."

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