Date published: Friday 4. January 2019 8:35
Vincent Kompany defended his controversial tackle at Mohamed Salah in Manchester City's 2-1 victory over Liverpool by describing it as a "big challenge".
Kompany escaped with a caution in Premier League clashes at Etihad after connection with Mohamed Salah shin-high as Egypt's international tried to jump out of the way.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp felt the referee Anthony Taylor had made the wrong call by issuing only one warning, but the city captain insisted that his intention was purely to win the ball.
"I thought it was a big challenge. Wasn't it? Okay," says Kompany Sky Sports.
"On the pitch, I felt like I got the ball, a bit of the man, but it wasn't rude. I didn't try to hurt him, that's for sure.
"That was it or let him go on target and the decision was made very quickly in my head."
Klopp questioned whether the judges should see blood or an open wound before they issued a red card.
"I like him (Kompany), he is such a great player, but situations like this happen: a player makes a decision, goes to the ground and makes a smooth tackle and takes the risk," Klopp said, who first talked about " needed blood after the treatment, Salah received in Saturday's victory over Arsenal.
"If Mo is on his feet – not the moment he skips him – we're talking differently (about the outcome).
"So I said last time (after the Arsenal match)" Do we need blood? Do we need an open something (wound) & # 39 ;.
"If Mo can go through (on goal), what happens then? I don't blame anyone, but in such a situation make a decision."