Reds denied penalty after Gabriel’s blatant handball

Liverpool were furious after being denied a penalty for a handball by Gabriel in Sunday’s Premier League game against Arsenal.

Jurgen Klopp’s side entered their game at the Emirates in desperate need of a positive result after a stuttered start to the season.

Klopp has faced questions about his squad, with some pointing to a similar decline at Mainz and Borussia Dortmund, but the Champions League-winning coach has firmly denied such theories.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference, Klopp said: “I don’t have any energy problems. I didn’t quit my other jobs after seven years because I had lost energy. energy or anything.

“Mainz needed a fresh start because their players were leaving for the Bundesliga. Dortmund wanted me to stay, but our players were constantly drawn by other clubs, so it was very difficult work.

“The situation is very different here. Being here for seven years is intense, no doubt, and we’ve all aged, but it’s nice too.

“Yes, it’s a tough time. Did I think we’d be ninth after matchday seven? No, but this is where we are now and we’re going from here. If there’s well a club which has a chance to pass by there, it is well us.

“From now on, will we be champions at the end of the year? Unfortunately not but, in all the other competitions, we are not eliminated yet. Nobody knows where we end up in the league, so give it a try. Difficult yes, impossible no.

But Arsenal got off to a good start in the new campaign and took the lead from minute one through Gabriel Martinelli.

Despite the contrast in form between the two sides, Liverpool have too much experience and guile to allow their opponents to dictate the entire game and have gradually returned to the debating path.

Klopp had named a positive team – Diogo Jota, Mohamed Salah, Luis Diaz and Darwin Nunez all started the game – and the former was furious after referee Michael Oliver refused to award a penalty for Gabriel’s handball.

Jota’s lobbed cross hit Gabriel’s outstretched arm, but VAR decided not to interfere. This has left many observers, including us at Planet Football, confused about the handball rule in the fall of 2022.


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