Jurgen Klopp has hit back at Frank Lampard for accusing the new Premier League champions of "arrogance", telling him he must learn how to behave after matches.
Lampard said yesterday that some of Liverpool's staff "crossed the line" and acted "against the code of how it works on the bench", but Klopp insisted the spat should have "finished with the final whistle" and that the Chelsea manager's reaction was "not OK".
Lampard, Klopp and members of the Liverpool backroom staff were involved in a heated exchange during their midweek fixture, a 5-3 win for the Merseysiders. A tackle by Mateo Kovacic on Sadio Mane was the source of the flare-up, with Trent Alexander-Arnold scoring from the resulting free-kick. The benches clashed over the awarding of the foul, with Lampard launching an expletive-filled tirade against Klopp's assistant Pepijn Lijnders.
After the match, Lampard said Liverpool should not "get too arrogant" about winning the league.
"I had an issue with some of the staff and it was against the code of how it works on the bench," Lampard explained yesterday. "My feeling was that the Liverpool bench, or one person in particular, was absolutely crossing that line, so that became arrogant to me."
Klopp said he had no problem with the comments in the heat of the moment, but took exception to being called arrogant. "You cannot hit me and my bench with something like that because we are not arrogant," said Klopp. "Frank was obviously in a really competitive mood and I respect that a lot. From my point of view in this sort of situation, you can say pretty much what you want. For me, it is after the game it is completely over. What he has to learn is to finish it with the final whistle and he didn't do that. Speaking afterwards about it, that's not OK.
"During the game, words used? No problem at all. But final whistle? We are not arrogant. We are pretty much the opposite of arrogant."