Friday 24 November 2017

Ireland's James McClean has called Jurgen Klopp 'a bit of an idiot' following Pulis snub

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp refused to shake the hand of Tony Pulis
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp refused to shake the hand of Tony Pulis

Ireland and West Brom winger James McClean has pulled no punches in his description of Jurgen Klopp following the Liverpool manager’s refusal to shake hands with Tony Pulis last weekend.

McClean featured as the Baggies drew 2-2 with Liverpool at Anfield in the Premier League last Sunday, having led until the 96th minute when Divock Origi netted an equaliser.

In what proved a tempestuous contest after Craig Gardener’s rash challenge on Dejan Lovren saw the Liverpool the defender leave Anfield on crutches, Klopp told the media that he would not shake the hand of his Welsh counterpart because ‘it was not a friendly game.’

A challenge by West Brom's James McClean led to a flare-up with Tottenham players

Speaking to Sky Sports, McClean expressed his disapproval of the German coach’s conduct towards Pulis.

"I’ve got a lot of respect for the man because he done a great job at Dortmund," McClean said. "But I think he is a bit of an idiot to be honest after the game on Sunday. Win, lose or draw you have got to be respectful."

McClean has found some form under Pulis  since his relatively surprise signing from Wigan over the summer and, earlier this month, netted his first goal for the club with a header that ensured a point  against Spurs at The Hawthorns.

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