Of his team’s reluctance and the apparent expectation that referee Craig Pawson will award a foul, Solskjaer said: “We should do better. If you’re not making a foul we have to block, put a body on the line and make sure there’s no shot on target.
Klopp had suggested following his side’s 2-0 win over Burnley on Saturday that the Premier League would turn into a “fight” after highlighting a string of unpunished challenges. “Are there no more faults?” Klopp said. “We have to stick to protecting the players. Watch the fight if you like these things.
United striker Mason Greenwood also insisted Fernandes was fouled. “I think it came through the back of him – if there is a foul, there is a foul,” he said.
Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has said he supports the new approach and hopes it will reward what he called Southampton’s “aggressive and pressing” style.
“I’ve always been a huge fan of letting things unfold – this is the Premier League,” he said. “Right now we were the team that took advantage of an aggressive attack. I’m glad every touch wasn’t a foul. That’s what the Premier League was famous for. It’s more robust – that’s a good thing for me.
Referee’s point of view: A relaxed approach is good for the game even if Solskjaer is right to feel aggrieved
By Keith Hackett
Jurgen Klopp has made a characteristic comment that his Liverpool players have to endure a ‘wrestling match’ against Burnley and the Premier League is in danger of falling for 10 to 15 years.
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was also wronged by the way his side conceded a goal in Southampton and used a rugby analogy to talk about the home side’s robust approach.
Klopp was clearly referring to the new “leaner” approach that Professional Game Match Officials Limited took at the request of top clubs after the success of Euro 2020.
I have to say I’m stunned by the outburst of the Liverpool manager, who in my opinion was misinformed and unfair, and I think most observers think that way.
Klopp, like all managers in the Premier League, will have attended pre-season meetings where this new approach will have been discussed.
Mike Dean, the official in charge of the Liverpool v Burnley game, delivered a top notch performance and certainly adapted to the lighter touch.