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Jurgen Klopp branded a ‘hypocrite’ by Mark Clattenburg ahead of Manchester United clash

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Former Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg has called Jurgen Klopp a 'hypocrite' for suggesting that Manchester United have been on the receiving end of favourable penalty decisions this season.

Following Liverpool's defeat to Southampton earlier this month, Klopp was frustrated at two penalty calls that did not his side's way and highlighted the disparity between the decisions given to his team and United during his reign at Anfield.

Who took charge of 292 Premier League games during his career as a referee, is adamant that officials do not favour United and has accused Klopp of playing 'mind games' ahead of Liverpool's fixture against the league leaders at Anfield this Sunday.

Clattenburg also believes that United did receive favourable decisions during Sir Alex Ferguson's era but that has 'eased massively' since the Scot retired in 2013.

'Was Klopp insinuating there is? Or was he suggesting United have players who are encouraged to dive? If his intention was the former, then I've got no time for that.

'He sounds like a hypocrite if he is suggesting United's players are looking to win penalties.

More: Manchester United FC. 'He is clearly getting edgy because not since Fergie have we seen such a blatant attempt to influence a referee ahead of a big game.

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