LONDON — Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said his team “looked like butchers” because of the reactions of the Paris St Germain players to challenges during the French team’s 2-1 win on Wednesday.
Liverpool were deemed to have committed 20 fouls and picked up six yellow cards against the Parisians.
“A little hurdle we had to overcome was the 500,000 disruptions in the second half and the referee still thinks he did everything right,” the German said.
“We are one of the fairest teams in England but tonight we looked like butchers,” he added.
Reds defender Andy Robertson too was frustrated by PSG’s gamesmanship.
“I suppose they were in the lead and they were looking to waste time. You can use gamesmanship, play acting, you can use it all really,” Robertson told Sky Sports.
“When you play against PSG you know it’s something, you’re going to come up against especially with him (Neymar). It wasn’t something we quite dealt with.
“It’s frustrating when he is falling like he is. It’s all part and parcel of his game and we needed to deal with that. We didn’t quite control our aggression.”
Juan Bernat and Neymar — who became the highest scoring Brazilian in Champions League history — put the home team ahead within 38 minutes.
A James Milner penalty on the stroke of halftime ensured the pivotal group game remained in the balance until the death.
Liverpool now face the real prospect of missing out on the knockout stages just six months after reaching the final against Real Madrid.
Napoli beat Red Star Belgrade 3-1 on Wednesday and Liverpool will have to win by two clear goals or 1-0 at home to the Italians in a fortnight to ensure they progress.
“The start was like what we expected, it was very wild, intense and they took all the risks,” Klopp told BT Sport.
“They scored twice by winning the second ball. We still had to stay in the game, but as soon as we had a bit of control, you saw the game wasn’t decided.
“We have to take the result, but it still feels a bit rubbish and now we have to use Anfield one more time.”