Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has played down suggestions that he fell out wth Jurgen Klopp during the second-half of Liverpool’s 4-3 away defeat yesterday.
It appeared that heated words were exchanged between the two benches, with Klopp given a warning by Robert Madley about leaving his technical area.
Howe though has denied the issue was personal and instead claimed his anger was at the fourth official and not Liverpool’s backroom staff.
“There are absolutely no problems between any of their staff and my staff,” he said, cited in the Echo. “I have total respect for Jurgen and his backroom staff.
“The issues were more with the fourth official and referee than between each other.”
It still hurts, but you have to be impressed by Howe’s management yesterday. His substitute Ryan Fraser changed the game and his side took full advantage of our nerves at the back and never gave in. With 15 minutes to go, at 3-1 behind, they battled superbly, although our mistakes obviously helped.
For Liverpool’s players heading into training today, the defeat will still feel pretty raw – especially considering we threw it away.
But with hindsight, we can realise that a 15 game unbeaten run had to end sometime, and recognise the impressive performances of Emre Can, Divock Origi and Sadio Mane.
We’re especially glad to see the Senegalese flyer impress again, as he’d had a few quiet games over the past few weeks.