Gary Lineker has told Manchester United they should take Jurgen Klopp’s recent penalty outburst as a “massive compliment”.
His thinly-veiled dig at the Red Devils came after Liverpool saw penalty shouts for a potential foul on Sadio Mane and handball by Jack Stephens waved away at St Mary’s.
“I hear now that Manchester United had more penalties in two years than I had in five-and-a-half years,” said Klopp in his post-match interview.
“I’ve no idea if that’s my fault, or how that can happen. But it’s no excuse for the performance. We cannot change it, we have to respect the decisions.”
In response to Klopp’s comments, Lineker took to Twitter to write: “Bullets fired. If I was a fan of Manchester United I’d take that as a massive compliment.”
The former England striker added: “We might just have ourselves a title race.”
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Tensions are running high between Liverpool and Manchester United – currently first and second in the Premier League – ahead of their vital showdown at Anfield next Sunday.
A 1-0 defeat on the south coast hands United the initiative in the title race, as they are level on points with the Reds and have a game in hand on their rivals.
In his full post-match debrief, Klopp admitted he was flabbergasted at the decision not to award a penalty for Kyle Walker-Peters’ challenge on Mane.
The Liverpool boss said: “I turned around, we had a really good view of it. It looked like a clear penalty.
“I turned to the fourth official, he said ‘we checked already, no penalty’. That’s the 100 per cent truth. They checked it already.”
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