Jurgen Klopp says Watford’s opening goal in their 3-0 defeat of Liverpool should have been disallowed for a foul on goalkeeper Adam Bogdan.
Klopp admitted his team did not react well to the early goal, but also felt Ake’s opener should have been disallowed with Bogdan appearing to have the ball knocked out of his possession after dropping a corner.
“The rule is really clear. The first one (mistake) is his fault, don’t let the ball drop in a situation like this, but then both hands on the ball, no question any more, it’s goalkeeper’s save,” he said.
“It was the wrong decision but we made many more wrong decisions today. It was a bad start to the game. It was 1-0 and our reaction was really bad
“We didn’t play well in the first half. The start of the second half was absolutely OK . If we scored one goal everybody knows the game is open again, but we couldn’t do that and we have to accept this high, high defeat.”
To make matters worse for the German, centre-back Martin Skrtel had to be substituted in the first half after picking up an injury, leading to midfielder Lucas plugging the gap in defence.
With Dejan Lovren also on the sidelines, Klopp now has a selection headache ahead of the visit of league leaders Leicester City next Saturday.
“Martin Skrtel is injured now, that is a problem I don’t know who will come back in this moment. Nobody had a rest, now we have to look who is available for Boxing Day,” Klopp told Sky Sports.