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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp accuses Napoli’s Jose Callejon of diving to win penalty in Champions League clash

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Jose Callejon went down under a challenge from Andrew Robertson to win a penalty
Jose Callejon went down underneath a problem from Andrew Robertson to win a penalty (Picutre: Getty Images)

Jurgen Klopp believes Jose Callejon dived to win a penalty for as Liverpool fell to a 2-Zero defeat in Italy.

There was little between the 2 sides in Naples on Tuesday evening, however with 10 minutes to go, and the rating at 0-0, the referee pointed to the penalty spot after Reds full-back Andy Robertson was judged to have felled Callejon.

Dries Mertens stepped up to rating the penalty, earlier than Fernando Llorente added a second in harm time to give the Italians a 2-0 win over the European champions.

However, Reds manager Klopp is for certain that the spot-kick shouldn’t have been given and that Callejon was already falling to the bottom earlier than any contact was made.

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‘We conceded a penalty that doesn’t assist, I noticed it now and I don’t suppose it was a penalty and I do not know, it’s tough,’ Klopp instructed BT Sport.

‘For me it’s clear and apparent it’s not a penalty, as a result of Callejon jumped earlier than there was any contact, however we can’t change that.’

Klopp added in his post-match press convention: ‘I’m fairly positive there are completely different views on the state of affairs, however when a participant jumps earlier than there’s contact, then it can’t be a penalty.’

Former Liverpool striker Michael Owen agreed that it wasn’t a penalty, however solely after viewing the replays.

‘As soon as they touched I thought it was a penalty,’ Owen instructed BT Sport. ‘As quickly as I noticed it on the replay I believed “I’m not so sure.”

‘His proper leg. he drags it after which drags it into Robertson.

‘On balance I think it’s not a penalty however you possibly can’t blame the ref as a result of as quickly as I noticed it I believed it was a penalty, after which VAR couldn’t show it wasn’t.’

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