The Premier League may investigate the Craven Cottage pitch following Jurgen Klopp’s complaints about it after Liverpool drew 2-2 with Fulham on Saturday (6 August).
That is the view of ex-Fifa and Premier League referee Keith Hackett, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about Klopp’s “surprise” comments.
The 54-year-old told BT Sport after the game that the field was “dry”.
“The best thing is the result actually, that we get a point from a really bad game from my side.”
“It (Thiago’s injury) looks like a bad hamstring.”
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“I’m surprised,” Hackett told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
“At most grounds, the pitches are watered prior to kick-off and at half-time.
“The quality of pitches now compared to my day is beyond anything. If you look at the George Best-era, I refereed on mudfields.
“The quality of pitches are brilliant. Most clubs work on the basis that the groundsmen is the expert.
“There are regulations laid down by the Premier League agreed by clubs like the length of grass, for example. I have no doubt that watering comes into that scenario.
“What will be interesting is, they’ve gone public with it and this is the sort of thing they could have said to the Premier League that they were unhappy about. The Premier League could have then investigated, they want fairness.
“The question you’ve got to ask is, was the pitch watered before the game? It should have been. Was it watered at half-time? It should have been.
“I’ve seen these sorts of things happen in Europe where the home side would water the half they are attacking.
“It’s covered in the regulations. There’s a match delegate there representing the Premier League and he might report it.”