Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and Burnley counterpart Sean Dyche clash on the touchline following Joe Gomez injury during Burnley’s loss to the Reds.
Klopp had a heated exchange with Dyche at full-time after Liverpool’s 3-1 win over Burnley at Turf Moor, with both managers later moving to play down the incident.
However, the Liverpool boss says he was incited by the nature of the home team’s tackling, claiming referee Stuart Attwell should have done more to curb their aggression.
Liverpool defender Joe Gomez was tackled aggressively by Robbie Brady before a strong Ben Mee challenge saw the England international hurdle off the pitch, before being stretched off midway through the first half.
Klopp said, according to Daily Mail:
“I said to the referee after the first sliding tackle (made) over six or seven yards, when he got the ball and everyone liked it: “Please, tell them they cannot do that.”
“It wasn’t a foul but they cannot do that. It’s like bowling because then four or five times it happened. Joe is injured and probably not only a little bit.”
Liverpool experienced power failure inside their dressing room before the start of the game and were left anxious by of some tackles they faced throughout the whole game.
“Aggression is a part of football but be careful,” Klopp added. “Sliding over six or seven yards: these times are over. Usually someone will not let you do that.
“We all want to win and you can choose different ways but someone needs to say: ‘Stop doing that’. Make two more steps and then you are in a normal challenge.”
“Don’t go five yards before you see the player when the grass is wet. It’s unlucky what happened to Joe but the referees have to make sure it doesn’t happen consistently. That’s not how it should be.”