"That's not how it should be" - Klopp demands greater protection for Alisson
Burnley felt they could make the Liverpool goalkeeper uncomfortable at set-pieces, and so it proved.
The scenes at full-time, on Saturday, as Jurgen Klopp and Andy Robertson let the match officials have both barrels were more evidence of Liverpool refusing to cruise to the end of a league-winning season.
Alisson Becker has yet to lose a league game at Anfield since he signed for Liverpool. On Saturday, he extended that record... but it was nip-and-tuck in the closing stages.
Liverpool moved to 93 points in their league-winning campaign after drawing 1-1 with Burnley. The Reds went 1-0 up through Andy Robertson's first half header but they were pegged back by Jay Rodriguez in the second half and came close to losing when Johann Berg Gudmundsson struck the crossbar in the closing moments.
Burnley's equaliser had come from a set-piece as a long ball forward was headed on and not cleared properly before Rodriguez fired home low. In the closing stages, Alisson had two bites at getting crosses claimed, or cleared, but failed. Gudmundson could not keep his strike down and Burnley were left cursing that they had not claimed all three points of a game that saw them under the pump for long spells.
Following the game, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp approached referee David Coote and his officials. While Robertson was berating them for a missed penalty call, in the second half, Klopp wanted greater protection for his No.1.
"It's really bad," he declared. "I have to be honest. We have to say."
Klopp, in his press conference, expanded on that complaint. "I didn't speak about the Andy Robertson situation," he began, "because I didn't see it. I saw it after the game.
"Look, I spoke about the goalkeeper situation. I feel like we've lost the game, even though we didn't. And maybe that's not the best time to talk about these things... but how can you let it constantly happen with a goalie, when a corner comes in, that three players are allowed to block him? That's not how it should be.
"But, for the ref, he saw it as not a foul and not a problem and that was why he didn't whistle in these situations. And I told him about that."
As Klopp was admonishing the officials, Robertson was letting them have an earful about their failure to award what looked like a clear penalty when they were 1-0 up.
"How that’s not a penalty on me?" he was picked up asking by BT Sport cameras. "What’s the point in having it [VAR]? What is the point in having you?"
"Wait until you see it," he continued. "Wait until you go in and see that and you’ll go, 'How the f*** is that not a penalty?' What's the point?!"
"You didn't see it. You didn't see anything in the whole game apart from booking me in the last minute. F*** me!"
As he was walking away, and with Klopp now in the picture, Roberston exclaimed, "What’s the point of having yous in the middle? What’s the point of having you? Eh? F*** me, honestly."
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That draw does leave Liverpool on course to surpass the 100-point mark if they can win their three remaining league games.
Klopp was asked, during his press briefing, about Roberto Firmino not scoring in the league at Anfield all season. "It cannot become a psychological problem," the German remarked, "because Bobby had a great game and we don't judge him. So I hope we will not read your newspaper and [see] you making a story of it."