Gary Linker questioned whether Jurgen Klopp could be playing mind games with his post-Burnley complaints regarding the officiating in the game.
It was a position the Englishman’s fellow pundits appeared to agree with, with Jermain Jenas suggesting that the Liverpool boss was already thinking ahead to the club’s meeting with Chelsea at Anfield.
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The Reds have already secured six points from their opening two league fixtures, with a tie with Thomas Tuchel’s London outfit on the horizon before the international break.
When discussing the leniency introduced by referees this season in terms of its impact on free-flowing football, it’s difficult to reconcile Burnley’s rough style with that image.
There has to be a difference between a minor challenge and manhandling, otherwise the Premier League risks the safety of players in games.
Understandably, it can at times be a difficult balance to strike between over-intervening and encouraging the flow of the game, however, for the more blatantly rough challenges of the likes issued at the weekend against Burnley, there surely can be no argument.
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