By Wayne Veysey

16th Nov, 2022 | 9:28am

Revealed: Michael Oliver says sorry to Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp - 'I owe you an apology'

Referee Michael Oliver has personally apologised to Jurgen Klopp for the incorrect decisions he made in the Liverpool defeat to Arsenal, sources have told Football Insider.

The Londoners secured a statement win against Klopp’s side at Emirates Stadium on 11 October to turbocharge their Premier League title challenge.

But the 3-2 triumph was a contentious one due to the key decisions taken by Oliver during the match that contributed to the outcome.

The highly regarded referee, 37, came face to face with Klopp for the first time after that Arsenal match when he officiated Liverpool’s 2-1 defeat to Leeds United on 29 October.

It is believed Oliver spoke to Klopp in the tunnel beforehand and said to the Liverpool boss, “I owe you an apology, Jurgen”.

The German accepted Oliver’s apology in good faith, with the two understood to have a good relationship behind the scenes.

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Nevertheless, Klopp was extremely unhappy in the aftermath of that defeat at Emirates Stadium.

Liverpool controversially conceded a penalty when Thiago Alcantara made light contact with Gabriel Jesus in the 18-yard box, which led to the Gunners’ third goal, and they were denied one of their own when Diogo Jota’s cross struck defender Gabriel on the arm.

Moreover, it later emerged that Gabriel Martinelli’s opener after just 58 seconds might have been ruled out had Bukayo Saka not been in a camera blind spot when he received the ball from Ben White in the build-up.

Klopp was also enraged by Arteta’s actions that led to Joe Gomez picking up a yellow-card for time-wasting.

Oliver has overseen 48 Liverpool Premier League matches across 11 years, 23 of which they have won and 10 have been lost.

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