Klopp critical of play-actor Neymar

Jurgen Klopp accused Paris St Germain of transforming Liverpool into a team of ‘butchers’ with their constant play-acting. Klopp singled out Neymar as the biggest culprit as Liverpool received six bookings in a 2-1 defeat, suggesting Polish referee Szymon Marciniak should have taken sterner action. “The number of interruptions in the game was not cool,” said Klopp. “We have won the fair play league twice in England but we looked like butchers when you see the yellow cards we had. “It was clever of PSG, of Neymar - especially him - but a lot of players went down like it was serious and we were not that calm. “If the referee lets that happen you have to deal with that” Asked what more the officials could have done, Klopp replied: “I could say 500,00 things. You can give yellow cards for everything. You act like you die and the next minute get up again? It is not sportsman-like behaviour. It is hectic and was not football anymore. I do not say Paris did not deserve (to win). I do not expect help from a referee, only to calm these things down. It does not happen often, the crowd is up and we were not calm enough. Even Joe Gomez got a yellow card, the nicest boy on the planet, and he was close to a red.” Klopp also felt one of the game’s most influential players, Marco Verratti, deserved a red card for a challenge on Gomez. “Everyone has eyes and saw it and can write it but you tell me it is only a story if I say it? I don’t believe that,” said Klopp. “For me it is a red card, yes, but then we have a story and it looks like I am a bad loser. I had a very good view and it was for sure not the same colour and as those other 500 yellow cards.” (Telegraph.co.uk) 

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