Gabriel Agbonlahor has said that Jurgen Klopp should be banned for five games after the Liverpool manager was seen arguing with referee Paul Tierney and celebrating in front of the fourth official.
Speaking on TalkSport, the former Aston Villa striker claimed that the Anfield boss should be rightfully punished for his actions towards the officials last weekend, with Klopp’s argument with Tierney at the centre of much national interest as the German manager was yesterday charged by the FA.
“I’d give him a 5 game ban!” 👀👋— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) May 3, 2023
“He’s got previous. This will go down to grassroots. Kids will think it’s fine to do it!"
🟥 Gabby Agbonlahor says Klopp MUST be severely punished for his touchline conduct. pic.twitter.com/sHs1h5eHUf
As per Sky Sports News, Klopp was quoted as saying: ‘I don’t know what this man has against us’ after he was shown a yellow card by the official for his celebrations in the direction of fourth official following Liverpool’s last-minute winner against Tottenham on Sunday.
With Klopp now in line for a potential touchline ban, Liverpool could be without their manager on the sideline for the final games of the Premier League season, and if Agbonlahor was to get his way, the Reds’ coach should be banned for as long as five matches.
Agbonlahor said on what Klopp’s punishment should be: “For me, I’d give him a five-game ban, and if he does it again, I’ll double it and give him a ten-game ban, because he’s not going to learn. He’s a repeat offender, he needs to be punished.”
Klopp getting banned for five games will solve little
The nature of Klopp is one that has made the German arguably the most beloved manager at Liverpool this century, and whilst banning the former Borussia Dortmund man might tone down his antics, we all know that they will do little in showing the 55-year-old a lesson.
As we know, Klopp is fuelled by a passion few managers in the Premier League can even match, and whilst a ban could be coming, the odds on the Liverpool manager actually learning his lesson are less than zero, with the Anfield figure unlikely to change his methods.