Vincent Kompany believes Jurgen Klopp’s booking in Liverpool’s 3-1 win over Burnley resulted in him also being shown a yellow card.
Klopp was booked by referee Tim Robinson at Anfield for his protests at the Reds not being awarded a penalty for a foul on Diogo Jota.
Speaking after his side’s 17th Premier League defeat of the season, he hinted that Klopp’s sanction meant Robinson was keen to also book him as a way to ‘balance it out.’
“I’d say it’s a little bit to do with the game,” said the former Manchester City captain.
“I think I got booked because I should have paid attention to the fact that Jurgen Klopp got booked because then all I think the referee did was just went looking for me.
“I opened my arms out, which I have done exactly that in many games.
“Then all of a sudden the card comes out. Out of nothing. Now I am suspended for the next game.
“I should have known it was just a way to balance it out and it doesn’t make sense, but hey, we have to keep going. No sulking.”
Even Klopp questioned why his counterpart was shown a yellow card and even alluded to recent reported proposals of the introduction of a blue card, which would lead to a sin-bin.
“It was emotional, definitely. Imagine in this game and the referee has a blue card available?
“It would have been the wild west. There were so many yellow cards today.
“I had no clue why Vincent Kompany got it. I lost it in that situation so fine, give me a yellow card.
“As long as I don’t get a blue one and have to sit somewhere for ten minutes!”
Diogo Jota opened the scoring for Liverpool by heading in from a corner, with Dara O’Shea equalising on the stroke of half-time.
Burnley’s response did little to affect the hosts though as Luis Diaz and Darwin Nunez both found the back of the net to seal a crucial victory.
Liverpool’s win has taken them back to the top of the Premier League table, with Burnley languishing down in 19th and seven points off safety.