Liverpool have got their season off to a flier. The Reds have two wins from two. Despite the strong start to the campaign the boss was left with cause for complaint at the weekend. Sean Dyche has hit out at Jürgen Klopp for his ‘wrestling’ comments.
Jürgen Klopp fuming with Burnley
At the weekend the Reds cruised to a 2-0 win over Burnley.
The hosts were in control throughout with goals from Diogo Jota and Sadio Mane sealing the result.
Speaking after the game Jürgen Klopp was fuming with how Burnley approached the game, specifically how physical they were. The boss told BT Sport:
“We have to stick to protecting the players. We cannot deny that. If you like that sort of thing, watch wrestling. You saw these challenges with [Ashley] Barnes and [Chris] Wood and Virgil [van Dijk] and Joel [Matip].
“I’m not 100 per cent sure if [officials] are going in the right direction with these decisions. It’s like we’re going 10 to 15 years backwards. The rules are like they are, but you cannot defend these situations.”
Sean Dyche hits out at Jürgen Klopp
The boss’ comments on his opponents’ physicality haven’t gone down well in some corners.
Plenty of pundits have disagreed with the Reds’ gaffer with many delighted with the crunching tackles. Sean Dyche has hit out at Jürgen Klopp with Goal quoting the Burnley boss as saying:
“The implications of what [Klopp] said about challenges are wrong. I think it’s inappropriate and it’s not something I would do myself.
“My worry is he’s questioned that teams shouldn’t do everything within the rules to win the game, which we clearly did because there wasn’t a single card given out.”
What RTK has to say
The discourse around Klopp’s comments has been bizarre.
It is undeniable that some of Burnley’s ‘tackles’, particularly in the second half, were awful.
A lot of them just weren’t even tackles. We saw player being picked up and thrown to the ground.
Burnley players were pushing and shoving Liverpool stars to the floor without one eye on the ball.
Jack Cork’s crunching tackle on Harvey Elliott was excellent, it was firm but fair. Nobody is complaining about that.
The boss is well within his rights to complain about literal body slams in the Premier League.