Burnley defender Ben Mee has wished Joe Gomez a quick recovery after defending his tackle which left the Liverpool player with a leg fracture.
Joe Gomez was substituted in the 23rd minute of Burnley’s 3-1 defeat to Liverpool at Turf Moor on Wednesday after a challenge by Ben Mee.
The Liverpool defender was later confirmed to have sustained a leg fracture, and Jurgen Klopp slammed Mee’s tackle and Burnley style of football with a slight dig saying “Let’s play football”.
The Burnley centre-back has now come out in defense of his tackle, saying that Klopp’s comment will not change Burnley’s style of play.
“You can’t take tackles out of the game, it’s part of the game. I’ve seen Liverpool make tackles and get the crowd up and things like that. For me, you can play fair, but you can also play hard as well,” he told Sky Sports.
“I don’t think anything was wrong with my tackle personally. Obviously, it was unfortunate what happened and nobody wants to see any players getting injured ever, but I think you play hard, you play fair.
“We’re at the bottom of the table and we need to get out of it, so we’re obviously going to work our socks off to win games.”
Mee added: “It (the tackle) was clean. It was just unfortunate and I send my best wishes to him (Gomez).
“I think the team… we’re in a fight and we need to get back to doing what we do.
“It’s part of the game and I think that’s how we play and we’re not going to change for someone saying we shouldn’t tackle. I don’t see the problem.
“We’re not good enough to let people play around us, we need to get about people. We’re in a fight and we want to get out of it.
“To be fair, I didn’t really hear much of what was said. I knew it wasn’t a bad tackle and I think anyone who knows football knows it’s not a bad tackle.
“It didn’t really affect me too much. The only thing that affected me was the fact that he’d hurt himself and obviously you don’t want to see anyone get hurt. Like I said, I send my best wishes to him.
“But I think anyone who knows football knows it wasn’t a malicious tackle. Sometimes things happen in sport, unfortunate things. I hope he gets well soon and has a quick recovery.”