Jeff Stelling has slammed Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp and suggested that he played a part to ‘influence’ the referee to send Pascal Struijk off at Elland Road last week, as he told Soccer Saturday on Sky Sports (18/09/21 at 2:05 pm).
It has been a tough week for Liverpool youngster Harvey Elliott after that tackle at Leeds last Sunday.
The 18-year-old is going to spend some time on the sidelines, with the man who tackled him serving a three-match ban for his actions.
His red card appeal was ‘unsuccessful’ this week and even though Elliott was on the end of his challenge, he came out publicly and stated that the ‘wrong’ call was made.
But when everything unfolded in Yorkshire last week, Mohamed Salah was the first to notify his bench, with Klopp eventually going onto the pitch to talk to the referee about the tackle and see how his player was doing.
Sky presenter Stelling wasn’t happy with Klopp’s actions and stated that he ‘shouldn’t be there’ when he entered the field of play during the game.
“Everybody felt for young Harvey Elliott,” said Stelling. “The Leeds man got a red card in that incident.
“And I just wondered about the role of Jurgen Klopp in that. To what degree did he influence that referee?
“If you look at it, he was somewhere where he had no right to be, and that was on the pitch in the referee’s ear – he shouldn’t be there. I know I am having a dig.”
Elliott will now become a Liverpool supporter until he returns to the field of play and he would have enjoyed their enthralling win against AC Milan in the Champions League this week.
It was a shame that he wasn’t able to showcase his worth in that tournament because his talent and performances were deserving of it.
Added with that, albeit a more robust and hard-working win, the Reds also managed to seal a deserved three points against Crystal Palace on Saturday.
That’s Klopp’s men sitting top of the Premier League table, for now, and that would have surely put a smile on young Elliott’s face.