Jurgen Klopp says Alexis Sanchez was lucky to be on the pitch when he received his red card in the second half as Liverpool eliminated Inter to progress in the Champions League.
Sanchez received a second yellow card from referee Mateu Lahoz for catching Fabinho with his follow-up moments after Lautaro Martinez fired Inter in the last tie with a thunderbolt to reduce the side’s deficit. Serie A at 2-1 on aggregate. at Anfield.
The Chilean was furious with the decision and refused to leave the pitch for several moments and Inter coach Massimiliano Farris was sent off in the ensuing aggravation, but Klopp says Sanchez had some trouble lucky to be on the pitch at all at the time of his dismissal – having earlier only seen yellow for a knee-high challenge on Thiago Alcantara.
He said: “I don’t understand why we have to discuss the red card. If you can only win the ball, if you endanger an opponent when you do so, then you don’t win the ball. If Fabinho enters with the same intention, with the leg out, then both players are injured.
“I think he was lucky not to get a red card in the first half, going so high on Thiago on his knee. The passion is good, absolutely good, but if it leads to this kind things, then it doesn’t work.” to help.”
The defeat ended Liverpool’s 12-game winning streak and although Klopp admitted he was unhappy to see the streak come to an end, he was in a philosophical mood as he reflected on where the Reds could afford to be beaten.
Despite the result, the German felt the scoreline could easily have been different had his side taken some of their clear chances, with Joel Matip denied by the woodwork and Mo Salah also hitting both posts.
“The art of football is to lose the good games – I always hate that, but if there was a game to lose it was tonight because the main objective is to pass and we did that” , did he declare.
“It’s not that I’m over the moon, I’m glad we got it done because when we saw the draw we thought it was tough, and we deserved it on both legs.
“We had some difficulties, one of them is the quality of the opponent, they’re a very good team. But we still had our chances, and we didn’t score. I didn’t didn’t like our counter press, when we lost the ball we had to chase the situation and that wasn’t exactly what I wanted.
“But in the end, you have to respect the quality of the opponent. And if we had used our chances, we could still have won the match.”
Salah: Maybe we were too confident
Mo Salah suggested Liverpool may have been complacent for the second leg of the Round of 16, after claiming a 2-0 first leg lead at the San Siro, and said his side will learn from their first defeat since December to bounce back. back in the title race.
He said BT Sports: “We lost a game which maybe gave us a bit more momentum. Maybe in the back of our minds we were too confident, it’s a good game to take that, learn and carry on .
“It’s always important to win, but sometimes like tonight, we hit the post three times, we missed a lot of chances, but it can happen. But it’s not in the league, and we qualified.
“We struggled from the start, but the most important thing is that we qualified. I hit the post twice, but it’s one of those things. Maybe in the next game, I could score three goals.
“I don’t care so much about team qualifying, and that’s the most important thing.”
Inzaghi more upset with home loss than red Sanchez
Inter Milan boss Simone Inzaghi repeatedly ignored questions about the legitimacy of Sanchez’s red card and instead focused on what he saw as an unfair first-leg defeat at the San Siro, which led to his team’s elimination from the Champions League this season.
He said: “We were very bitter about what happened at the San Siro; in both games we were equals to a very strong team at Liverpool.
“We pushed them back when we scored our goal, but then Sanchez was sent off and we saw what happened.
“We got to this stage for the first time in about 11 years, we played against maybe the best team in Europe and were their equals. We had two very good performances, and sometimes it only takes one episode to take the course of a game.
“Tonight we played well, in the second half we started to take over, scored a goal and then Sanchez was sent off. I’m more bitter about what happened at San Siro than tonight.
“We are upset that we sent off a player just when we were getting the upper hand in the game.”