‘Cut arms off’ – Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp emphatically backs Eric Dier over handball incident


Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has backed Eric Dier over that controversial handball decision.

Dier was punished for a completely accidentally handball deep into stoppage time in Tottenham‘s clash with Newcastle on the weekend, a decision that cost Spurs the win.

And it’s yet another VAR call that has been heavily criticised by everyone from managers to players, fans to pundits.

Liverpool boss Klopp is the latest to join the conversation, emphatically backing Dier over the decision.

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“We all agree that Eric Dier didn’t do anything wrong,” he told Sky Sports after Liverpool’s win over Arsenal. “In the end, it was a penalty. If you can’t see it, you can’t really control your body in that moment, it’s just not possible.

“Try to jump in a situation like this, and behind you is a player, so the only opportunity is to cut arms off, so you can’t even keep them in your back, that’s not possible.

“I think that referees are not really happy with the rule, but in the moment, we have that rule.”

Speaking about some of his other grievances over the current rules, Klopp added: “In the same way, I’m not happy with how long we wait for offside decisions.

“I always have a heart attack because I can’t see all of them, 100%, it just looks constantly offside and yet, the flag comes.

“If the opponent wins a corner in that situation, we don’t take it back; if you’re offside when you get a corner.

“These situations are really strange. Some rule changes, and some other things we changed didn’t work so far, but in the moment we have to accept it and that’s what we do.”





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