WATCH: Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp clashes with Sevilla coaching staff at end of Champions League draw
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp protested his innocence after a spat with Sevilla coaching staff exploded at the end of his side's 2-2 draw Champions League draw against the Spanish side at Anfield.
Klopp was involved in heated exchanges with Sevilla bench after their head coach Eduardo Berizzo was sent off for attempting to delay the action at Anfield by throwing the ball away, with the Liverpool boss admitted tensions were high among the two camps.
“The people on their bench thought I was responsible for his red card and did not like me too much,” said Klopp. “I do not think I had any decision on the referee. I did not ask for it.”
Klopp went on to suggest his side should have won a game they dominated for long periods, as he bemoaned missed chances at Anfield.
“It does not make too much sense to be frustrated, we have to take it,” declared the German tactician. “It is not what we wanted, not what we deserved. They had two chances, no more so we were the dominant side and defended well.
“We are good in the counter-attack and it was an unlucky start for us. Things like this can happen but reaction is the important thing.
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We could have scored more often but if we continue playing like this, we will get points. In this moment it does not feel perfect.
“It was pretty much a winning performance for 85-86 minutes and the team played well against a side who play well. We had answers for everything apart from the goals. I have to see them again. That is not the good thing. It was an exciting game from my side, everyone saw our desire and passion but we got a point.
“We know we have to improve but there is so much potential and we can work with this. It is a draw, it does not feel too good, but I am fine with big parts of the performance.”
Klopp gave Philippe Coutinho a gentle return to his line-up after a summer of speculation linking him with a move to Barcelona, with the Brazilian getting a warm reception as he made his first appearance of the season at Anfield.