Sunday 18 February 2018

Klopp says sorry to Pulis over Anfield outburst

Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp Photo: Reuters / Carl Recine
Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp Photo: Reuters / Carl Recine

Jamie Holland

Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp has apologised to his West Brom counterpart Tony Pulis for publicly criticising what he saw as the Baggies' long-ball tactics and for not shaking hands after last weekend's draw, in which the pair also had a touchline spat.

Earlier yesterday, Pulis had hit back at Klopp's criticism, saying: "If I had a team that was worth £200m playing against a team that was worth less than £20m and we never won that game, I'd be doing my best to divert it away from the fact that I had 10 times more value on the pitch than my (opposite) number had and couldn't win the game."

But Klopp was in conciliatory mood, saying: "I can easily say sorry for everything I said after the last game because I am emotional and Tony Pulis is similar. It was not for me a bigger problem. I really forgot to shake hands, that's all.

"If we meet today it's no problem to say sorry and talk about what happened. I have big respect for his work, but it's not easy to switch on the lamps and switch them off again.

"We are all emotional as coaches and still best friends in the league."

Irish Independent

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