Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp humorously remarked that the match against Burnley could have resembled the “wild west” if blue cards and sin-bins were in play during their 3-1 victory.
Referee Tim Robinson showed five yellow cards, and both Klopp and Burnley boss Vincent Kompany were cautioned in what turned out to be a contentious game at Anfield.
The International Football Association Board (Ifab) is set to trial sin-binning players and introduce blue cards.
As per the proposed plans, players would receive blue cards for dissent and tactical fouls, resulting in a mandatory 10-minute period off the pitch.
Klopp’s lighthearted comment adds a humorous touch to the discussion about potential rule changes, reflecting on the feisty nature of the match and how the introduction of blue cards and sin-bins might have affected the dynamics on the field.
“Is there any chance not to accept [the yellow]? I am not sure,” the German said.
“Did anyone see the situation when Diogo got wrestled down? Is that a possible penalty? Is it or not? I want to know from my position.
“For me it happened in the box and it was a penalty. But then the fourth official tells me, ‘we are checking’. But we had no chance at that moment because it was not ‘clear and obvious’ and something he saw was not enough for a penalty. That clicked slightly in my head and I was a bit [annoyed].
“But imagine this game today with the blue cards, that would have been the wild west!
“Honestly. The cards would have flown, for a moment there would have been seven players on the pitch because everyone was in the sin bin with the blue card.”
The victory moved Liverpool back to the top of the league table with 54 points, two points ahead of defending champions Manchester City who have a game in hand.
“I can really imagine how Vincent Kompany is feeling right now because they did a lot of good stuff and made it really uncomfortable for us,” Klopp added.
“But in general, besides the first 15 minutes, when we were in a rush and we played too early, they had counter-attacks and situations and that was a problem. Then we calmed it down and scored wonderful goals.
“We knew at half-time what we had to do. We were in control but we had to change Trent Alexander-Arnold and are short on defenders. Curtis Jones did incredibly well, like Harvey Elliott did when he came on.
“It was a difficult game with strange circumstances. It’s just with all the things that happened with players out, the goalkeeper stepping aside, it was the perfect afternoon – besides the Trent thing obviously.”