Jurgen Klopp has revealed that Cesc Fabregas went into the Liverpool dressing room after Chelsea’s friendly against Liverpool in California to apologise for his rash challenge on Reds new boy Ragnar Klavan.
Fabregas was shown a straight red card for the studs-up challenge on the Estonian centre-back, while Liverpool midfielder Marko Grujic ended the match with a trip to hospital after a head injury.
Speaking after the match, Klopp said: “The biggest problem for me in this moment is that Marko Grujic is in hospital, because he can’t remember anything. That’s not too cool.
“Hopefully it’s not too serious but of course a young boy in this situation is not too cool. Injuries after games like this in preseason is the biggest problem obviously. That’s a challenge that can happen and is unlucky, but not too good for us.”
On Fabregas’ sending off, he said: “It’s a red card. He came by us in the dressing room and said sorry. He came too late in the challenge, of course. Sometimes in life if you are too late you get a red card, especially in football. That’s how it was.”
Chelsea boss Antonio Conte spoke out on Fabregas’ behalf after the game, explaining: “In this period the fatigue can sometimes bring a bit of going too late, and I know Fabregas is a good man and it is not his habit to have this sort of situation.”
Fabregas himself was a little more defensive, pinning some of the blame on the referee when asked whether he deserved his sending off. He answered: “The way the ref was giving yellow cards, probably yes.
On the red-card tackle, Conte says he is sorry for Cesc Fabregas and sorry for the Liverpool player. #CFC
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“In the Premier League, probably you could get away with it. I got there late, he got a toe to the ball and then I was anxious to win the ball. It was a hard tackle, so I accept it and move on.
The Spain midfielder continued: “We want to win every game and everything becomes very competitive but I do think the ref for them and for us was giving cards all over the place that’s why.
“Sometimes when you do that as a ref you lose a little feeling of what is happening, because if you give one that is 50-50 or 40-60 then you have to give the next one again and it became a little bit of a farce. So, he didn’t have the game under control but that’s what happens. At the end of the day it’s a friendly.”
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