Klopp happy to win ‘dirty’
Premier League Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson was left wondering how Liverpool winger Sadio Mane escaped a red card during his side’s 2-1 reverse at Selhurst Park – and with good reason.
Mane, booked for simulation after making the most of James Mcarthur’s lunging challenge during the first half, somehow avoided a second yellow for deliberate handball, preventing an obvious goalscoring opportunity for the Eagles. Despite awarding the free kick in favour of Palace, referee Neil Swarbrick failed to inflict further punishment on the Senegalese winger, who was quickly dragged away from the scene of his crime by Liverpool team-mates. Fearing the worst, Jurgen Klopp acted almost immediately and replaced Mane with Alex Oxladechamberlain, as the Selhurst Park crowd bayed for a red card. Just 10 minutes prior to the incident, Mane had pounced to equalise as Liverpool came from behind to earn a valuable victory in south London.