Former referee Mark Clattenburg accuses Klopp of influencing referees ahead of United derby

Former Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg has accused Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp of trying to influence match officials ahead of Sunday’s game against Manchester United.

The German coach alluded to the easy giving of penalties to United earlier this month, something that left his rival rival Ole Gunnar Solskjaer feeling defensive.

However, Klopp’s statements have been described as an attempt to influence the referees before the match that the Reds play at the weekend against United.

“It was a mind game – an attempt to influence referee Paul Tierney and get inside his head before a big game between Liverpool and United this Sunday,” Clattenburg initially said.

“Klopp was right when he said United have won more penalties in two years than Liverpool have in five and a half years at Anfield.”

“He was smart because his comments could not put him in trouble with the authorities,” the former English judge concluded. / Telegraphy /

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