Ex-Premier League ref 'concerned' as authorities told to visit Klopp at Liverpool in latest twist
The PGMOL should visit Jurgen Klopp to explain why Aaron Cresswell was not sent off for in West Ham’s 3-2 win over Liverpool before the international break.
That is the view of ex-Fifa and Premier League referee Keith Hackett, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the incident.
As quoted by the Guardian after the game, Klopp accused the VAR officials of “hiding behind the referee”.
He was not happy with Cresswell’s challenge on Jordan Henderson and West Ham’s opening goal.
“The whole process of refereeing, assistant refereeing and VAR is a constant training programme,” Hackett told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
“You look at referees like Michael Oliver who have officiated for 12, 15 years.
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“This is a cat and mouse game. The laws of the game are there to try and ensure the game is played fairly. Managers with all their technical staff will have a way of stretching the law.
“Klopp is right in what he says. The first thing you have to have with a referee to enhance his performance is the future, is for him to admit he’s made a mistake.
“What concerns me is the PGMOL are defending it to the hill. If it happens again, are they going to make the decision? If that’s the case, that’s where the game doesn’t want to be.
“What they should do is bring the referees in, because they meet regularly, plays these DVDs and discuss them.
“The Cresswell incident needs to be discussed to understand what you can learn. Was Pawson too close? Did he have a good view? Why did he miss the offence?
“Even if they say it’s not an error they should review it because they’ve got a very experienced manager saying it is.
“What I would do, when Benitez was at Liverpool, I got in my car and drove across to Melwood to have a conversation. That way, Benitez learned and I learned.
“There’s a greater understanding of what the referee’s up to. If they make an error, you can explain why he’s made an error.”