For a brief moment, Cesc Fabregas forgot that Chelsea’s game against Liverpool in the US was just a friendly.
The Spaniard produced a reckless tackle on Liverpool’s Ragnar Klavan in the 70th minute and was rightly shown a red card.
The game was rather fiery - six yellow cards were shown in total, five to Liverpool players - but Fabregas’ challenge was the worst of the lot.
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It was uncharacteristic of the midfielder and Jurgen Klopp admitted afterwards that he had been into the Liverpool dressing room to apologise for the tackle.
Klavan became a Liverpool player just last week but if he wanted a taste for English football, he certainly got it against Chelsea.
“It's a red card and I hope it's not a mentality issue,” Klopp said, per the Liverpool Echo.
“He (Fabregas) came in the dressing room and said sorry, he came too late in the challenge.
“Sometimes in life if you are too late then you get a red card. That's how it was."
Fabregas' red card
Just a knock
Klavan could have suffered a serious injury but, fortunately, he just received a “knock” according to the Liverpool boss.
Klopp blamed the feisty nature of the clash on the lack of fitness of some players, which is understandable considering this was Liverpool’s first pre-season fixture against a competitive team.
“It was a normal intensity with a few hard challenges,” he continued.
“The players are not in 100% shape so sometimes they can be a bit late with their challenges. That's how it is.
“The ref thought from the beginning he would show yellow cards.
“I don't think the game was too hard but it was far away from a friendly game. That's okay. That's why we're here.”
Barcelona to come
Gary Cahill’s goal ensured a 1-0 win for the Blues.
Liverpool’s next three friendly fixtures are against AC Milan, Roma and Barcelona. Klopp’s players should be finely tuned by the time they take on Arsenal in their first game of the new Premier League season on August 14.