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Michael Oliver denied Liverpool substitution because he thought Jurgen Klopp was trying to time-waste

Revealed: Real reason ref refused to allow Liverpool sub seconds before Chelsea goal
Jurgen Klopp confronts Michael Oliver (Picture: Getty)

Michael Oliver was forced to explain to Jurgen Klopp after Liverpool‘s 1-1 draw with Chelsea that he thought the German was trying to time-waster when he wanted to bring on Adam Lallana.

Klopp was furious with Oliver’s decision to deny Liverpool the opportunity to bring on Adam Lallana and Sadio Mane in the closing minutes of the game.

Lallana was ready to come on when the ball went out of play for a throw-in, but Oliver waved away Klopp’s pleas to make the change and Willian scored Chelsea’s equaliser moments later.

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Klopp insisted after the draw he was trying to change Liverpool’s shape to 5-3-2 to counteract Antonio Conte’s decision to bring on Willian moments before.

Liverpool fans were bemused to see Lallana and Mane both come on in the 89th minute with barely any time to rescue the game and go back in front.

Revealed: Real reason ref refused to allow Liverpool sub seconds before Chelsea goal
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Revealed: Real reason ref refused to allow Liverpool sub seconds before Chelsea goal
Adam Lallana was waiting a long time to come on (Picture: Getty)

But, Klopp explained Oliver was the one who decided Liverpool would have to wait to make their changes.

The Times claim Klopp sought Oliver out after the game and the referee explained he believed the Liverpool boss was trying to con him.

Liverpool were leading 1-0 at the time and were attempting to see out the game and earn a narrow victory.

Revealed: Real reason ref refused to allow Liverpool sub seconds before Chelsea goal
Willian scored Chelsea’s equaliser (Picture Reuters/Carl Recine)

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Revealed: Real reason ref refused to allow Liverpool sub seconds before Chelsea goal
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Willian scored just 144 seconds after coming on for Chelsea with a shot/cross that completely bamboozled Simon Mignolet.

It was a major slice of luck for Chelsea after Liverpool had finally broken through their defensive line in the 65th minute.

Mohamed Salah, playing against Chelsea for the first time since joining Liverpool, finished coolly from close range after Tiemoue Bakayoko had inadvertently poked the ball into the winger’s path.

Klopp vented his frustration after the game at Oliver.

Antonio Conte and Jurgen Klopp shake hands after a game
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‘I was angry because we wanted to make a change and change the system and the ref wouldn’t let us,’ he said.

‘He said it would take too long. I don’t understand it, how can a change take too long?

‘We wanted to change to five in the back, in that moment it could have helped a lot. ‘That’s where Willian popped up with the goal, and that’s why I was angry.’

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