JURGEN KLOPP hyped up referee Felix Brych’s performance in the Champions League quarter-final and accused him of making ‘personal’ decisions over Sadio Mane.
The Liverpool manager, 53, saw his side falter with a 1-3 defeat to Real Madrid in the first leg on Tuesday night.
However, he came out against the officials, dissatisfied with a series of decisions going against defending Premier League champions.
One particular incident saw Mane get knocked out by the last man Lucas Vazquez.
But the match continued and within 27 seconds, Marco Asensio raised the score to 2-0 by taking advantage of Trent Alexander-Arnold’s fault.
And to make matters worse, Klopp’s German fellow Brych showed Mane a yellow card three minutes later for stumbling Vazquez.
“The situation with Sadio – what the referral did tonight, I don’t understand,” said Klopp.
“For me it was something personal because he handled the situation with Sadio, it was an obvious foul, like he was a diver or whatever.
“Since that moment, whenever Sadio is down, he gets nothing. That is not true.
“That’s what I told him after the game, that I think he’s not fair to Sadio.
“That doesn’t change anything. He didn’t lose the match.
“We weren’t good enough to get a better result, but during these times you just need an ‘OK’ introduction. That’s enough.”
Brych then waved away more Liverpool In the end, Mane was fouled in the Real penalty area to complete a miserable night for the Red Devils.
Vinicius Junior’s brace was on both sides after Asensio’s strike has ensured a comfortable victory for the home team.
Mo Salah had an away goal, but it was Real Madrid that held the advantage before the second leg at an empty Anfield stadium.
Klopp Added: “Most importantly, we didn’t deserve to win tonight. We didn’t play well enough for that.
I don’t know if we can make it, but we’ll try it appropriately
“We conceded the first goal and scored the second but that was not the real problem of the game.
“We scored a goal and it was the ‘positives’ of tonight. Do we deserve more than 3-1? I’m not sure.
“Of course, it’s completely different [without fans for second leg]. If you want some emotional memories, check out Barcelona’s game and 80% of it is the atmosphere in the stadium.
“We had supporters then and I don’t know if we can do it, but we’ll try it appropriately.
“It should be a really difficult task for Real Madrid at Anfield with or without supporters. “