Jurgen Klopp was irate with BBC Sport interviewer Rob Nothman, but he has been called out by Chris Sutton for the way he spoke to him.
When asked by Nothman if he thought Aaron Cresswell should have been sent off for his challenge on Jordan Henderson, Klopp said: “My God, I’m not your puppy. Hopefully, you have an opinion of yourself.”
Henderson could have had his leg broken by the West Ham left-back if it was planted more firmly, but Liverpool weren’t even awarded a free-kick let alone a red or yellow card.
That, and Alisson Becker was impeded by Ogbonna for the opener and yet, after extensive review by VAR, the goal was awarded.
Sutton believes that Klopp was unfair on Nothman. However, I can empathize with the German coach as the line of questioning that some reporters take after games is very condescending and almost makes it seem as though managers and players should not complain when they feel as though an incorrect call was made.
Were Liverpool poor and deserving of defeat? Yes. Did VAR make what can be considered as an inarguable mistake by not sending off Aaron Cresswell? Also yes.
It is not the first time Klopp has called out a reporter for playing dumb while interviewing him to provoke a response and to get the Liverpool manager to vent his frustration and therefore make the interview more interesting.
Nothman got what he was asking for and BBC got quotes that they will have used extensively across their platforms.