Sometimes in football, you just don’t get what you deserve. Evertonians know that better than most, believe me. The unjust desserts can be character building, as I said in Just another game, my arse. In fact they should be character building, they help you to appreciate the good times (rare indeed for Blues this century) and the (even rarer) moments of good fortune.
One penalty in 80 years at Anfield, until yesterday. A game where we enjoyed a heady 21% possession. But one glorious cross field pass from Wayne to DCL, a run into the box, and a clumsy Croat saw the ref point to the spot. That was that, a point secured, against all the odds.
But that wasn’t that to their Manager. The ultimate hypocrite, at worst, or chameleon perhaps, if you want to be more generous and polite. He was affronted that a team could be awarded a penalty when they’d had so little possession. He was outraged that a push in the penalty area could be a foul. Most of all he was incredulous that journalists could dare to disagree with him.
By popular consensus he took a risk by resting half his self-proclaimed Fab Four; then he took another one by taking his “match-winner” off with 20 mins left. He rolled the dice when he didn’t need to, and then got cross when he rolled Double One.
Klopp loves to play to the gallery, all heart and sleeve histrionics; but yesterday he lost it so badly that even Danny Murphy had to call him out, where there would usually have been a Jurgen love-in on MOTD2.
He tries to give the Media what they want. However, he was left yesterday with at least a dozen eggs on his face when all the Press corps raised their hands to say they thought it was a penalty. Then he said he must be wrong, but he didn’t convince anyone. Not even a chameleon can change colour that quick.
He was rumbled, just an angry man who couldn’t accept the result. Take your opponents lightly at your peril in any sport. If that’s your fiercest local rivals, be especially careful. When they have a new Manager who wants to make them tough to beat, make sure you take every chance to score.
Every manager, and indeed player, should remember the words of Kipling in “If” about treating the “impostors” of “Triumph and Disaster” the same. If you can’t or won’t then you risk being served a large dose of karma when you least expect it.
Yesterday Wayne Rooney, Sam Allardyce and all those in Royal Blue delighted in delivering that karma to the chameleon in the opposite dug out. We all showed our true colours I guess.