After winning the European Super Cup with Liverpool, Jürgen Klopp not only had nice words left for his team. The German also praises the way the female arbitration proceeded on Wednesday evening in Istanbul.
"After the game, I told the arbitrary trio that if we had been as good as they would have won 6-0," Klopp said after the victory over Chelsea after penalties against English media. "The referee (Stephanie Frappart, ed.) Did a great job, just like the rest of the team."
It was Wednesday night for the first time that a woman was in charge of a men's top duel. Frappart has often been on the highest podium - she was in charge of the World Cup final for the women between Orange and the United States at the beginning of July - but in the run-up to the game it was mainly about her appointment.
Klopp can imagine that it was not easy for Frappart and her colleagues to steer the competition in the right direction. "The historical aspect put a lot of pressure on them. At such moments it is important to remain calm, especially in such an intense competition," the German said.
"I have a great deal of respect for the way the arbitration has dealt with the pressure. It was a really great performance. I did not entirely agree with the penalty kick that Chelsea got in the extension, but we don't care what I think no longer have to worry about. "
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Adrián speaks of 'crazy week' after hero role
After regular playing time it was 1-1 in Vodafone Park and by goals from Sadio Mané and Jorginho (penalty kick) in the extension, a penalty series was needed to determine the winner. Liverpool goalkeeper Adrián was the match winner by stopping Tammy Abraham's penalty kick.
Nine-year-old Adrián signed a contract with Liverpool nine days ago, which took him free of transfer from West Ham United. He is normally second goalkeeper, but was up against Chelsea due to the injury of first choice Alisson.
"Welcome to Liverpool", a proud Adrián said laughing at BT Sport . "It has been a really crazy week, but thanks to my teammates it was not very difficult for me. I am very happy for the fans of Liverpool that we have won this prize"
Klopp himself was also surprised by Adrián's performance. "I wouldn't even know where he was two weeks ago when we played against Manchester City and when he last played on behalf of West Ham. He had to stand against Chelsea immediately and he did. That's incredible."
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