Monterrey boss Antonio Mohamed is adamant Joe Gomez should have been sent off – and suggested the defender was only spared a red card because he was a Liverpool player.
Gomez was booked for hauling down goalscorer Rogelio Funes Mori during the second half of the European champions' 2-1 win in their FIFA Club World Cup semi-final in Doha on Wednesday evening.
The Reds defender later escaped a second yellow from Chilean referee Roberto Tobar when handling the ball, prompting outrage from Mohamed on the touchline.
It also sparked an ugly confrontation between the Monterrey boss and Jurgen Klopp , who left his technical area to remonstrate with his counterpart and imitate his waving of an imaginary card.
Both managers were booked, and Mohamed said: “For me, there was a red card, especially the first foul and the second.
“So I talked to the referee. Maybe a Liverpool shirt has more weight, therefore the Liverpool player wasn't sent off.”
Roberto Firmino's injury-time winner denied Monterrey an extra-time period having created a number of chances despite Liverpool dominating possession.
And Mohamed said: “It was a tough match. We tried our best to keep focusing on 90 minutes and keep our concentration, but the match was decided on minute details.
“In the final minutes we were not focusing well. I brought on a fast player because I thought the game was going to extra time, but then Firmino scored.
“We have played on an equal footing and a match for Liverpool. It was maybe the best match in this competition but we have to score goals to advance and our goalkeeper was excellent in saving many chances.
“I am disappointed now, but I am very proud of my players and team we really honoured our town and our country.
“We have lost this match with honour and dignity.”
Mohamed was also asked if he had any advice for Flamengo, who Liverpool will now face in the final on Saturday.
“Flamengo have to emulate what we have done during this match,” he said.
“They have to focus and concentrate and not allow Liverpool players to pass and work on counter-attacks.
“This is what we had planned for this match and I thought our defence was excellent.”