Klopp hits out at officials after loss at Wolfsburg

The 47-year-old coach was adamant that Daniel Caligiuri’s winning goal at the Volkswagen Arena came from an offside position

Jurgen Klopp has blamed the officials for Borussia Dortmund’s Bundesliga defeat at Wolfsburg on Saturday.

BVB fell behind after less than 60 seconds of play at the Volkswagen Arena but they drew level 10 minutes later courtesy of a penalty from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

However, Daniel Caligiuri netted what proved to be the winner just four minutes into the second half, thus leaving Dortmund seventh in the table, three points behind Augsburg in the final Europa League berth with just one round of the Bundesliga season remaining.

Klopp conceded that Dortmund had started the game terribly but nonetheless argued that they were ultimately robbed of a point by poor officiating, claiming that Caligiuri had been in an offside position when he diverted home Kevin De Bruyne’s cross.

“If we had taken a point I would be happier,” the BVB boss told reporters. “We played a good match for about 88 minutes or 91 minutes because of the additional time. In those two minutes we lost our focus.

“But the goal we conceded in the second half was offside. We defended the situation very well but the referees ignored this offside position.

“In the first half we played well except for the first minute. Our performance in defence was good, we attacked well and had opportunities to score a goal.

“Wolfsburg had opportunities too; that was understandable because of their quality. Wolfsburg have big quality at set-pieces.

“But the second goal should not have happened and the result should be a draw. That would be much better for us.

“So, we invested a big effort and we were not rewarded for this. And this isn’t the first time this year.”

On the plus side for Dortmund, Marco Reus played the final 20 minutes, after recovering from an adductor problem.

Klopp is thus confident that the Germany international attacker will be fit for the DFB-Pokal final against Wolfsburg at the end of the month.

“Marco has been in full training for three days and is on the right track,” the outgoing coach added.

“We have one more week of training leading up to the game against Bremen, then another week until the final against Wolfsburg.”