Liverpool’s 25-game unbeaten run was ended in a thrilling encounter at The London Stadium; Jurgen Klopp thought Alisson was fouled for West Ham’s opener, and felt Aaron Cresswell should have seen red; Jamie Carragher agrees on Cresswell, but not Alisson
West Ham took the lead with their first attack as Pablo Fornals’ corner skimmed off the glove of Alisson and into the net in the fourth minute, going down as an own goal despite a VAR check for a potential foul.
No foul was given, but Klopp believes Angelo Ogbonna should have been penalised, before Aaron Cresswell escaped any punishment despite a high tackle on Jordan Henderson moments later.
“The first goal is a foul on the goalie,” he told Sky Sports. “The arm goes against Alisson’s arm so how can he catch the ball when someone pulls his arm away. It makes no sense. It’s the typical excuse that VAR says it’s not clear and obvious but then what do you need?
“What can [Alisson] do? That’s why the goalie is protected in moments. If a player goes up with his arm for a goalie that’s an important position of the body and if that’s in the way how can he make a save?
“Cresswell? For me it’s a reckless challenge. Even though he touches the ball, you can’t go in like that as anything can happen. You can say he touched the ball but you have to control your body.
“Those two situations were influential in the game but in the end West Ham fought for the three points. They are not responsible for the decisions the VAR made.”
He added in the post-match press conference: “It’s a clear foul on Alisson, how can it not be? The arm from Ogbonna is there. I don’t know who is VAR today.