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‘Doesn’t make sense’ – Kompany blames Klopp for touchline ban against Arsenal


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.


Kompany’s booking means he misses Burnley’s clash against ArsenalCredit: Getty

Kompany was also cautioned by the official, with his third yellow card of the season meaning he will miss Burnley’s clash against Arsenal next weekend.

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.

Kompany hinted that Klopp's yellow card led to his punishment


Kompany hinted that Klopp’s yellow card led to his punishmentCredit: Getty

“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.

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“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.

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