Manuel Pellegrini says that Jurgen Klopp is used to winning games with offside goals. Klopp was upset last night as West Ham held his Liverpool side to a 1-1 draw at the London Stadium. But James Milner was well offside in the build-up to Liverpool’s goal, and Divock Origi missed a huge last-minute chance when he was also well offside.
Pellegrini went back to a Champions League game in 2013 when Klopp’s Borussia Dortmund beat his Malaga side in the quarter-final.
“Klopp is used to winning with offside goals,” Pellegrini said. “He beat me against Malaga with a goal seven metres offside – so he cannot complain about anything.
“They scored a goal one metre offside. And in the last minute with Origi in front of the linesman, again one metre offside. I said in the week that we need to win this game for our fans and if we are going to give a hand to Manchester City, well, they are my club also.
“Maybe that was the reason the manager of Liverpool didn’t like it.”
Pellegrini also added that he was disappointed and worried with the result. The Chilean felt West Ham should have won.
“If you create four chances and didn’t score and they score a goal one metre and a half offside, you must be disappointed and worried. I think we played in the way I like this team to play against every team.
“Maybe in the moment that we were (on a losing run), nobody believed that we could do it but I was absolutely sure and I trusted the players that we can play in the way we did. I think we did a complete performance, because against the team that has the best defence we created so many chances.”
West Ham can be happy after picking up a solid point against Liverpool. They’ve been tricky customers at the London Stadium this season, after beating Arsenal and Manchester United as well as drawing with Liverpool. The point leaves the Irons 12th in the table: six points behind seventh-placed Wolves.
Liverpool, who could have moved seven points clear at the top of the table with a win against Leicester last Wednesday, now find themselves under pressure. They anxiously look over their shoulders at Manchester City, who will go top of the table on goal difference with a win against Everton at Goodison Park on Wednesday.