Thursday 27 April 2017

'I was lucky' - Jurgen Klopp responds to Mourinho jibes after his touchline spat

Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has admitted he was ‘lucky’ to escape unpunished after he screamed in the face of the fourth official during his side’s Premier League clash against Chelsea on Tuesday.

Klopp was caught on camera shouting at Neil Swarbrick, with the Liverpool boss later claiming the official will not punishing him and suggested he ‘likes his passion’ on the touchline.

That comment inspired Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho to argue he is working to a different agenda compared to Klopp and his Premier League rivals, after he paid endless fans and served touchline and stadium bans following fall-outs with officials.

Mourinho claims he was threatened with expulsion from the sidelines as he grew frustrated with the officials during his side’s 0-0 draw with Hull on Wednesday night and now Klopp has responded to Mourinho’s jibes, admitting he may have been fortunate to escape punishment after his excited outburst against Chelsea.

“Maybe I was lucky,” conceded Klopp. “There are different ways to handle the situation. It’s an emotional game. We struggle, myself, Jose, Arsene Wenger. Sometimes we get a fine, sometimes not.”

When asked whether some managers are treated differently he offered this response: “I heard things about this before, too. I have no idea. We all know what we can do. It didn’t look nice, but it was not as bad as it looked. It was worse when I was younger.”

Klopp went on to urge his Liverpool team to regain their focus after a miserable January that saw them crash out of the FA Cup, EFL Cup and fall out of the Premier League title race.

“You all know better than me about this club and what happened the last few years,” he added, ahead of his side’s trip to face Hull on Saturday. “We are still not too bad, so let’s go for it.

“When we started here everyone was hoping it happened immediately. We improved a lot but the problem is other teams don’t sleep.

“I love being here, I know it’s a real challenge to be successful in this league. Everyone has an opinion - but we have to stay concentrated and do the job.”

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