Jurgen Klopp said he could not enjoy Liverpool’s late win over Leicester after Hamza Choudhury’s foul forced Mohamed Salah to hobble off.
The Leicester midfielder scythed down the Liverpool forward to prevent him taking a clear route to goal in the final minute of the game at Anfield, and was given a yellow card, while Salah, after playing on for several minutes, left the pitch in visible pain, with his longer-term condition as yet unknown.
Liverpool went on to keep up their winning streak for a 17th Premier League game but, after the match, a sullen-looking Klopp fumed at Choudhury – whose red-card foul on Matt Ritchie in August left him on the sidelines for two months.
“I stand here and should be only happy because of the way the boys did it, but I cannot get over the Choudhury yellow card,” he told Sky Sports. “He should know better.
“He maybe was unlucky with Ritchie, but he has to calm down. You cannot only go for the man, and then get only a yellow card, I don’t know how that works.
“Three years in a row we’ve been the team with the lowest yellow cards, we don’t do these things. To slow Mo down, that’s really not okay.”
Klopp felt Liverpool had been good value for the win at Anfield, which equalled their best start to a season, matching an eight-match winning run at the start of the 1990/91 season.
Ahead of Manchester City’s game against Wolves, Liverpool stand eight points clear at the top of the Premier League.
“We won the game, we deserved it, we were better,” Klopp continued. “Leicester are a super team and they were great for 30 minutes, but apart from that it’s not like Adrian had 30 saves or whatever.”