Klopp blasts referee for helping Chelsea as he gives Gravenberch news after Carabao Cup final

Jurgen Klopp blasts referee as he gives Gravenberch news after Carabao Cup final

Jurgen Klopp confirmed Ryan Gravenberch has suffered ankle ligament damage and was left fuming with how the officials handled Liverpool’s Carabao Cup final win over Chelsea.

The Reds won the match 1-0 thanks to a very late Virgil van Dijk goal, 118 minutes into the contest after it went to extra-time.

However, there was pain for Gravenberch in the first half as he was stretchered out of the match after a reckless challenge from Moises Caicedo saw him plant his studs on the Dutch midfielder’s ankle.

There was no punishment for the Chelsea man and Gravenberch was forced to celebrate with his teammates after the match on crutches and wearing a protective boot.

Asked about the injury, Klopp eventually did say that nothing is broken, but there is ligament damage, first of all he addressed the refereeing performance, though.

‘There were two teams who were fighting extremely hard and the referee did not have the level of the game,’ Klopp told Sky Sports.

‘That’s how it is, I’m sorry for that, I know now you’ll make a story of that but everybody saw that.

‘It was not even a foul! He did not even whistle a foul! Then the fourth official explains to me that they cannot give a card. Oh, good idea!

‘These boys, I’m not sure if it’s too much, too quick or whatever for them but this situation was for me obvious. We saw a Chelsea foot stamping on the ankle, it’s everything you need for a card.

‘I hope it’s not bad, they did the X-ray so it’s not broke, but the ligaments got something and that’s how it is. It’s all bad, but everything else is really good.’

Gravenberch joins the long list of injuries that the Liverpool squad are suffering and Klopp says he might be struggling to put a side out on Wednesday when they play Southampton in the FA Cup.

‘We don’t have a team right now for Wednesday. The guys who came on can maybe play again, the rest will get treatment on Monday,’ he said.

‘I love this country to bits, but the schedule is not made for winning a lot. We will see the price we have to pay, but we fight for everything then we see what comes next.’

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