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The brilliant tweet BT Sport's senior director posted for Jurgen Klopp

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Liverpool were knocked out the FA Cup at Anfield on Saturday evening, losing 3-2 against relegation threatened West Brom.

The Reds took the lead through Roberto Firmino but Alan Pardew's side easily put Liverpool's defence to the sword on three occasions.

Liverpool haven't won any silverware since 2012 and Jurgen Klopp's only hope of winning a trophy this season is the Champions League.

It was the sixth match in English football to use VAR [Video Assistant Referee] and it was called upon repeatedly during the first half.

Referee Craig Pawson paused the game and used VAR to disallow a West Brom goal, to award Liverpool a penalty and to check the validity of West Brom's third goal.

However, there was only four minutes of stoppage time and Klopp made an outrageous claim in the aftermath of Liverpool's shock defeat.

Klopp hits out at BT Sport

“What I heard was that the actual extra-time in the first half should have been 10 minutes. It was only four minutes. I heard that television said it’s not longer than four minutes,” said Klopp, as per The Telegraph.

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“Of course that’s not possible, you can’t cut match time because there is something else to broadcast. I don’t know what was afterwards, maybe the news or something. It was 10 minutes and so you need to play 10 minutes longer. You cannot say it’s now a little bit too long.

“If it is 10 minutes, play 10 minutes. It will not happen often but, if it happens, everyone wants to see the game and not people standing around while someone makes a decision. When we got the introduction about VAR, they have a lot of screens where they can watch it from different angles so make a decision and go.”

BT Sport's senior director responds

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The Sky Sports dominance of English football appears to be over and BT Sport understandably did not appreciate Klopp's attempts to tarnish their reputation.

BT Sport's senior director, Sean Hughes, took to social media on Tuesday morning and responded to Klopp as transparently as possible.

"I directed the match and I can categorically state that at no point did I (can add ‘have I’ or ‘would I’ to that) ever try to influence the officials, including the allocation of stoppage time. Not only would it be unprofessional, it would also be utterly futile."

To suggest BT Sport may influence how much stoppage time referees add on is frankly ridiculous.

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