Jurgen Klopp praises ‘brilliant’ referee Stephanie Frappart after making history

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp praised Stephanie Frappart as “brilliant” after she became the first female official to take charge of a major Uefa men’s competition event.

Frappart oversaw Liverpool’s Super Cup victory over Chelsea in Istanbul, with the Anfield club winning on penalties after the tie ended 2-2.

The win was not without controversy as pictures showed the goalkeeper off his line before saving Abraham’s penalty.

That subject that did not come up in the post-match press conference, only Klopp’s thoughts on referee Frappart.

“I spoke to the ref team after the game that if we would have played like they whistled, then we would have won 6-0,” the Liverpool boss said.

“They played a brilliant game. I also said I wasn’t happy with the penalty decision as I’m still not sure but it’s not important anymore.

“They were good, they were really good. There was pressure on them like hell. It was an historic moment and they stayed themselves, stayed calm and did what they had to do in a very difficult and intense game.

“I couldn’t have more respect to be honest. It was a really brilliant performance.”

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