Jurgen Klopp to discover whether he faces touchline ban for accusing referee Kevin Friend of bias as Liverpool boss is left with looming defensive crisis ahead of Bayern Munich clash
- Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is set to discover whether will face a touchline ban
- Klopp accused referee Kevin Friend of bias following draw with West Ham
- Reds are facing a central-defensive crisis ahead of game against Bayern Munich
- Klopp may have to field Joel Matip and Fabinho at the heart of the defence
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is set to find out whether he will face a touchline ban for accusing referee Kevin Friend of bias.
Klopp was livid with Friend’s display in Liverpool 1-1 draw with West Ham last week as he claimed that the referee was biased towards The Hammers in the second half to make up for Liverpool’s first-half goal, scored by Sadio Mane, being offside.
As reported by The Sun, Klopp said: “I heard our goal was offside, I’m pretty sure the ref knew that in the second half.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is set to discover whether he will face a touchline ban
Klopp was livid with referee Kevin Friend after Liverpool’s 1-1 draw with West Ham
“In 50-50 situations or 60-40 it was always a free-kick for the other team, which was hard and did not make life easy.”
Following his comments, Klopp was contacted by the FA, with the Liverpool boss having until Friday to explain his actions.
Given that Klopp didn’t ask for an extension, the FA must decide by Wedneday whether to charge Klopp with misconduct for implying bias or attacking the integrity of the official.
Defender Dejan Lovren faces a race to be fit for Liverpool’s game against Bayern Munich
There was a positive on the injury front with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain back in full training
Meanwhile, Klopp is facing a defensive crisis ahead of next week’s Champions League clash at home to Bayern Munich.
Virgil van Dijk is suspended for the first leg of the last-16 tie, while Dejan Lovren faces a battle to be fit as he struggles with a thigh injury.
As reported by The Mirror, Klopp may have to deploy Joel Matip and Fabinho at centre-back against Bayern.
Fabinho has been struggling with a muscular problem but should be fine to feature.
However, there is some positive news for Liverpool on the injury front, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain back in training with the squad following his injury nightmare.
The England international hasn’t played since April 2018 because of a serious knee injury.