Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp insisted that error of judgement by the referees had helped David Moyes’ Sunderland to come back from behind twice, as the Reds were held to a draw on Monday night.
And now Jurgen Klopp has been left frustrated after his side were held to a 2-2 frustrating draw by Sunderland on Monday.
Daniel Sturridge had opened the scoring for Klopp’s Liverpool but Defoe converted from the spot to bring Sunderland back into the game before half-time.
Sadio Mane had a game to forget. He went from a hero to zero after Liverpool failed to hold on to their lead at the Stadium of light.
Mane scored a late goal to put Klopp’s Liverpool ahead, but unfortunately the African striker handled the ball inside the box with six minutes from full time, which allowed Defoe to clinch the much needed equaliser for Sunderland, with a brilliant effort from the spot.
Former Dortmund manager Klopp, who has been left frustrated after Monday’s game, said: ‘It is tough for me to accept. If there is no free-kick, there is no handball. And there was no foul for the free-kick. I saw it again and there was no contact.”
“It was also 100 per cent a foul on Daniel Sturridge (at the other end). It was a similar situation and we would have had a chance to shoot at somebody’s arm. Obviously we didn’t get that chance.”
Earlier, referee Taylor had awarded Sunderland a penalty in the first half after Didier Ndong went down as he attempted to drive past Ragnar Klavan inside the box. Defoe kept his cool and found the net from the spot to cancel out Sturridge’s opener.
Klopp said: “Ndong jumps in the box. It’s a penalty because the referee decides it was. I must be honest, it doesn’t feel good. Sunderland got a point because of two penalties.”
And later, David Moyes took a dig at Jurgen Klopp after the German had branded Sunderland as the most defensive team he has ever seen after the Reds had won 2-0 at Anfield in November.
Moyes said: “I’m feeling we weren’t too defensive today.”
“I honestly thought the players raised the supporters by the way they got up to Liverpool, how they put them under pressure, how they pressed them. Maybe if I was a German manager you might praise that.”