Jürgen Klopp accused Paris Saint-Germain – and Neymar in particular – of making Liverpool a "butchery" as his team suffered a third consecutive away defeat for the first time in the Champions League groups.
The Liverpool coach admitted that the French champions deserved their victory for a dominant start that allowed Juan Bernat and Neymar to score before James Milner scored a penalty in stoppage time in the first period.
The referee, Szymon Marciniak, initially awarded a corner following Ángel Di María's fault on Sadio Mané, reversing his decision on the opinion of an additional assistant referee.
He also booked six Liverpool players against two of PSG. The home midfielder, Marco Verratti, was one of those who had been sentenced for a terrible foul on Joe Gomez and who could easily have resulted in a dismissal.
Liverpool's reservations and the constant interruptions of the apparent injuries of PSG players angered Klopp. Thomas Tuchel, the head of PSG, said that Klopp's complaints were simply a diversion tactic of potentially costly defeat.
"I know that now the main title will be" Klopp said, "but the number of interruptions in this game was just not cool," Klopp said. "Two times in a row, we won the fair play award in England and tonight we look like butchers after the yellow cards we had. It was clever of PSG, especially Neymar, but a lot of other players fell as if it was something serious and we were no longer so calm.
"We were aggressive and unfortunately, the negative aggression does not help football, we have become rather frustrated and angry, but we have to deal with it, it's our job." "If the referee allows it, we have to we take care of it. "
Klopp added, "There are many things you can do. You can give yellow cards for everything. If you go down, if you act as if you die and that, the next moment, you get up, yellow card. It's unsporting behavior. In the end, it's hectic and everyone is down. I do not mean that Paris did not deserve and I did not expect the help of a referee, I just wait for him to calm all these things. To be honest, it does not happen often, but it happened tonight.
"The crowd was at the rendezvous, it's really difficult and we were not calm enough. Even Joe Gomez received a yellow card. He is the nicest boy on the planet and he was about to have a red. But we lost because they scored two goals, one goal and we did not play well enough. "
Klopp insisted that Verratti deserved red for his challenge on Gomez. "I had a very good view and it was of course not the same color as those other 500 yellow cards," he said. "The penalty – I do not know why it was a late decision. It was not even a fault for him, unbelievable. But it's over. "
Liverpool must beat Napoli 1-0 or two goals on Dec. 11 to reach the knockout stages, and Klopp admitted: "We still need Anfield and we need to create a pretty special atmosphere."
Tuchel claimed that Klopp's concerns were unfounded and merely a distraction from Liverpool's muffled presentation. "I do not think the problem is so serious," he said. "We had a lot of mistakes. You do not have to make a lot of mistakes, especially if you are 1-0. If you are 1-0, do not make 10 mistakes in the next 10 minutes. I did not live it that way.
"When I lose a big game, I am angry and I will talk about other things to catch the attention of my team as well. Jürgen has his opinion, that's good. I'm talking about the game. "