Klopp on impressive defence against Man City
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Liverpool legend Graeme Souness has hit out at Jurgen Klopp’s touchline antics in Sunday’s win over Manchester City. Souness concedes he was often out of line when he was a manager but insists Klopp cannot behave like he did at Anfield.
Liverpool beat City 1-0 thanks to a second-half strike from Mohamed Salah. Tempers boiled over in a feisty encounter on Merseyside, which saw the visitors have a goal ruled out by VAR.
Late on, Klopp fumed at the assistant referee who failed to spot a foul by Bernardo Silva on Salah. The German ran down the touchline and got in the face of the official.
He was sent off for his actions and had to watch the remainder of the game from elsewhere. Souness says Klopp’s actions incited the crowd, with City boss Pep Guardiola targeted with coins late in the match.
Souness said on talkSPORT: “There’s a responsibility for managers, and it’s rich coming from me as I would lose my head in every game I was involved in on the touchline. But there are parameters, you can’t go in the face of the linesman like Jurgen Klopp did yesterday when he’s trying to do his job.
“He got sent off correctly in my opinion. You can’t do that, that’s inciting the crowd to act in a different way.
“They weren’t denied a goalscoring opportunity, it was out in the full-back area, it wasn’t a nasty foul, it was a clumsy attempt at a foul that wasn’t given. I don’t think it warranted the reaction it got from Klopp.
“That was a case of him planting a seed, maybe a bit of acting involved in that. Coaches and managers have a responsibility.
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“People will point at me and think I didn’t always behave. I hold my hands up – you get caught in the moment.
“Crowds bounce off the reaction from their managers. If they feel he is the expert and he is upset by that foul or challenge given, they react to that. That is where the balancing act has to come in.”
Souness was impressed with Liverpool’s performance and insisted it was akin to what Klopp’s side have produced in recent seasons. He added: “I thought they were fabulous.
“Liverpool in the last five years or so have been fantastic. They have played with an intensity that few have been able to match for the full 90 minutes.”
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