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Klopp and Tuchel agree James red card ‘spoiled’ Liverpool vs Chelsea


A captivating end-to-end first half was followed by one-way traffic after the break in Saturday evening’s Premier League clash at Anfield.

Kai Havertz opened the scoring with a superb looping header, but Mohamed Salah levelled with a penalty during a dramatic end to the opening period.

The Blues were furious with the decision but channelled it in a positive fashion as Tuchel’s men dug deep to secure a 1-1 draw.

Tuchel was delighted his defence stood firm following James’ dismissal, but believes Taylor was too hasty when he viewed the pitchside monitor and feels the game was ruined as a spectacle as a result.

“I don’t like these early red cards of course – not at Liverpool when we play but in general,” Tuchel said.

“For me it’s a bit the spoiler of the game. Nobody I think wants to see that for 45 minutes, they want to see a high-level game and even me when I’m watching on TV, I don’t like it.

“I have no solution now for it and no better idea in the moment but in general it is a spoiler.

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“The situation itself, I can understand the decision and I’m not saying it’s a wrong decision but I did not like the way the referee checked it because for me he checked only the image.”

Tuchel added: “I would have wished for a longer consideration, a longer thought and a better view on the whole situation.


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