West Ham United were victorious over a hapless Liverpool side in the fourth round replay of the Football Association (FA) Cup. However, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was not pleased with the level of refereeing. The German rued the late free-kick which resulted in West Ham’s winning goal.
The supporters at Upton Park were gearing up for a penalty shootout when West Ham United’s Angelo Ogbonna scored from a header in the dying seconds. Klopp, who missed out on his team’s defeat against Sunderland this weekend due to appendix surgery praised the performance of his players, but looked frustrated.
“They got a free-kick without a foul and we conceded a goal. I’m not going long enough to judge these things. If you are satisfied with the performance of the referee, write it. If not, say it.” Klopp said, as reported by The Guardian.
West Ham took the lead when Michail Antonio scored at the end of half time with a sensational volley. However, the lead was not for taking as Philippe Coutinho, who returned for Liverpool after a long-term injury leveled terms for the Merseyside club after half-time with a clever free-kick.
Daniel Sturridge was the other Liverpool star to make his return from injury while striker Christian Benteke failed to make his mark on the game as he missed some crucial goal scoring chances.
West Ham coach Slaven Bilic described the victory as special. However, the Croatian was equally vocal about the poor level of refereeing in the match.
“Of Course, when you win you don’t mind it. There were many, many decisions where, OK, I can’t be objective, but I wasn’t happy.” Bilic said.
West Ham will now face Blackburn Rovers in an away match in the fifth round of the FA Cup on Feb. 21, 2016.
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