Tony Pulis shot a sarcastic dig at Jurgen Klopp earlier today, but professionally, our manager refused to take the bait.
West Brom played an incredibly defensive brand of football at Anfield a week back, and Klopp intimated as much during his post-match press conferences.
But the Baggies boss decided, a week later, to publicise a statistic that he thinks claims his side wasn’t nearly as defensive as Klopp made out.
“As a football club we apologise for playing three more longer passes than what they did,” Pulis told Sky Sports…
WATCH: Tony Pulis hits back at Jurgen Klopp’s accusation that #WBA are a long ball team: https://t.co/0xfsQHig1F https://t.co/opl09C1rY4
— Sky Sports News HQ (@SkySportsNewsHQ) December 18, 2015
Obviously though, this doesn’t take into account the fact Liverpool had 70% of the ball, and still played less longer passes than Pulis’s stale outfit.
“I can easily say sorry for everything I said during game,” Klopp today responded via the Echo.
“Sometimes you do things in football you wouldn’t do in normal life but it wasn’t serious.
“Everything different in those 98mins. It wasn’t big problem.
“After the game I wanted to go to my team.
“I have big respect for Pulis’ work. I wanted to go to the players and be with them. What can I say?”
Hopefully this will put an end of the first mini-feud of Klopp’s Liverpool tenure! Our manager has far bigger fish to fry – starting with Watford on Sunday. The Hornets are actually above us in the Premier League table, and it’s essential that we pick up a good result and end our recent run of drab form.