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Clattenburg accuses Liverpool boss Klopp of trying to influence ref before Man Utd showdown

Ex-Premier League ref Mark Clattenburg has accused Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp of trying influence match officials ahead of Sunday's clash with Manchester United.

The German boss hit out at the awarding of penalties to United earlier this month, something which left his rival boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer feeling defensive.

In his column for the Mail, he wrote: “Jurgen Klopp must be getting worried, because his comments last week about Manchester United and penalties were straight out of Sir Alex Ferguson's playbook.

“It was mind games — an attempt to influence referee Paul Tierney and get inside his head before a huge match between Liverpool and United this Sunday.

“Klopp was correct when he said United have won more penalties in two years than Liverpool have in his five and a half at Anfield. He was smart, because his comments could not get him into trouble with the authorities."

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