Jurgen Klopp is still fuming about the late penalty decision that gave Spurs a draw at Anfield. The Liverpool coach was angry at the officiating that led to both penalties, but the second decision is still making him see red;
“I’m not one to make excuses, but Lamela clearly enters Virgil Van Dijk’s designated airspace. It’s the same as flying a drone in to London Heathrow airport. Dangerous and illegal”
The assembled media then asked the Liverpool manager to clarify his comment. Klopp was unrepentant:
“Van Dijk swings for the ball in the space around his knees, which is his designated airspace, before Lamela comes out of nowhere and connects his leg with the leg of Virgil, but once again, within the airspace of Van Dijk”
Stunned journalists began making calls to the FA to clarify if there was a rule surrounding the airspace of defenders who have little or no spacial awareness of opposing players. When confronted with the F.A’s lack of rules on the subject, Klopp shook his head, smiled and then decided to continue on his rant:
“It doesn’t surprise me. If you, yes you Mr Journalist, walk up here and wave your hand in front of my space, that would be an infringement of my personal airspace. Why am I the only one who understands this?!”
The exasperated Liverpool boss left the press conference soon after to howls of laughter. Klopp is preparing his side for a trip to his favourite club in the Premier League, Southampton. The Saints and local police have issued a warning to youths in the area. Their message is to stay indoors while Liverpool are in town for fear that they might be taken back to Merseyside against their will, and then forced to play football for Klopp’s side.