The Guardian reckon police intervened as Jurgen Klopp and Sam Allardyce traded insults on the touchline following a nasty tackle during Liverpool’s win over Sunderland last night.
Obviously, it was just a seperation of two highly fuelled parties rather than anything more sinister.
Klopp’s men racked up a very deserved 1-0 win over the Black Cats, but the victory was almost tarnished late on as Sunderland sub Jeremain Lens slid in very late on Mamadou Sakho – who writhed in agony after seemingly twisting his leg after the challenge.
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Thankfully, Sakho was ok, and finished the game on the field, but Allardyce mentioned our manager’s “foul and abusive” language in his press-conference, before brandishing Klopp ” a soft German”.
Rightly, the Liverpool boss was unapologetic, and looked to downplay the touchline events.
“I am not too sorry,” Klopp said. “Please, it was a foul. Of course, I was angry. For me, that is a red card, finished. So my staff were emotional, the staff of Sunderland were emotional but, if you look on your ticket, that is included. If nothing happens on the pitch, you can watch the bench. But it is over and Mamadou Sakho is OK.”
Klopp’s anger at the time is completely understandable. He’s had his first few months as Liverpool manager ravaged by injuries, and Lens’ tackle was totally unnecessary and very dangerous. Sakho’s already missed a portion of this season with a knee injury, and it looked for all the world like he’d be out for some time when the incident occurred.
Already since joining Klopp’s had altercations with Tony Pulis and Sam Allardyce, two of the Premier League’s long-ball merchants. It’s great to see our manager is going to stick up for and fight for his players, which will eventually create unity which is already growing between fans, management and his squad.
After accusing Klopp of using foul and abusive language, Allardyce was asked to sum up side’s December form – with Sunderland now having lost five on the trot. His ironic response?