I don't count Manchester United penalties - Ole responds to Jurgen Klopp's penalty comment


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said Jurgen Klopp's remark about Manchester United's penalty record could be to influence referees

Klopp was aggrieved Liverpool were not awarded either of their two second-half penalty appeals in the 1-0 defeat at Southampton on Monday night.

Kyle Walker-Peters' challenge on Sadio Mane and Jack Stephens' handball while blocking a Georginio Wijnaldum shot went unpunished by referee Andre Marriner.

And speaking after the match Klopp said: "I hear now that Manchester United had more penalties in two years than I had in five-and-a-half years. I've no idea if that's my fault, or how that can happen. But it's no excuse for the performance. We cannot change it, we have to respect the decisions."

In response to Klopp's, Solskjaer said he would not spend his time counting penalties and highlighted a penalty shout which was overlooked in their FA Cup semi - final defeat to Chelsea last season.

"That's a fact? Probably," said Solskjaer. "That's probably going to be my answer, that's a fact that we've got more than them. I don't count how many penalties they've had, so if they want to spend time on worrying about when we get fouled in the box… I don't spend time on that.

"I can't talk on behalf of other managers, why they say things like this.

"I felt it worked last year in the semi in the FA Cup, because Frank [Lampard] spoke about it and we had a nailed-on penalty that we should have had, that we didn't get.

"So maybe it's a way of influencing the referees. I don't know. But I don't worry about that. When they foul our players it's a penalty when it's inside the box."

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