James Milner has said it would be “foolish” to be surprised by the controversial performance of Neymar during Liverpool’s Champions League defeat against Paris Saint-Germain, reports ESPN.
The Brazil international helped inspire the French champions to a 2-1 win at Parc des Princes with a crucial goal, but while Neymar showcased the positive aspects of his game, he also infuriated Liverpool’s players and coach Jurgen Klopp with his theatrical reaction to challenges.
Klopp said after the game that his team were made to look like “butchers” in Paris due to the number of times Neymar and his teammates were awarded free kicks, but Milner said he was not surprised by Neymar’s performance.
“You can’t really be surprised by that,” Milner said. “If you are surprised by that, you are a bit foolish. As a player you can’t just do anything about it can you? It’s then in the referee’s hands to give fouls if he thinks it is a foul.
As players, you know that in Europe decisions are probably given slightly easier than they are in the Premier League.
But that is part of European football. I am used to that now.”