Jurgen Klopp has put his touchline exchange with Jordan Henderson during Sunday’s 0-0 draw with Manchester United purely down to a misunderstanding.
The German was visibly displeased after it appeared the captain had ignored a handshake with him whilst being replaced by Xherdan Shaqiri in the second half at Old Trafford.
He subsequently approached the midfielder to seek an explanation, resolving the matter and switching his attention back to the game.
Klopp has since played down the incident after learning Henderson had tried to shake his hand amid the process of him giving instructions to Shaqiri.
“In terms of the situation, it was a pure misunderstanding. That’s clear,” Klopp is quoted as saying by the Liverpool Echo.
“I thought he didn’t (go to shake hands) and that’s why I turned and told him to (go back and shake my hand).”
He added: “But everyone else told me ‘no, no, no, he wanted to shake your hand but you were not ready’. That’s how a misunderstanding works. That’s all. It was nothing.”
“It’s bull****. Nowadays people don’t even need any kind of evidence or proof to write a story. Nothing happened after the game. We were completely fine.”
Klopp faces a rare midfield selection dilemma ahead of Wednesday’s clash with Watford thanks to improved form from Naby Keita and Henderson himself fuelling the competition for starting places.
It may be that the captain is preserved for Sunday’s Merseyside derby meeting with Everton at Goodison Park in light of his experience in the fixture.