Tuesday 21 November 2017

'We are still human beings' - Klopp apologises for outburst but shrugs off Mourinho's barb

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp remonstrates with the fourth official
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp remonstrates with the fourth official
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp. Photo: Paul Ellis/Getty Images

Chris Bascombe

Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp says elite coaches have a duty to set higher standards of touchline behaviour after branding his emotional outburst to the fourth official against Chelsea "inexcusable".

Klopp's comments followed accusations from Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho of double standards. Mourinho feels he is treated more harshly than his managerial rivals, and he particularly referenced Klopp escaping censure in midweek.

The Liverpool manager is repentant, but shrugged off Mourinho's barbs, querying why a rival would talk about another coach.

"Behind a manager is still a human being and we are all weak in parts," said Klopp. "A few of these weaknesses lead to difficult situations and not because we are disrespectful.

"We know how difficult it is. Sometimes you feel it in a moment and you look like you look and you say the things you say.

"I was really lucky in the way the fourth official reacted and I hope he didn't get in trouble. That was a reaction from a human being."

Klopp was asked if he felt he and his peers should be more restrained in the technical area.

"I agree 100pc," he said. "The problem is only that to know about it doesn't change the moment. In this mood I can say 100pc I won't do it but it would be a lie to give a guarantee to say that it would never happen again.

"We all know football is not emotionally important but tell us that in those moments. There is no excuse. It is my fault but that is not to say I can stop it."

Asked about Mourinho's comments, Klopp said: "Why are we talking about other managers? Okay I did it a few times but it was probably because there was a reason," he said. "Usually there is nothing to say.

"If you want a positive story I talked 10 minutes before the game to Antonio Conte and 10 minutes again after the game and it was really interesting. We don't know each other but we have something to talk about.

"Pep (Guardiola) - we are not friends but we know each other so we talk when we meet.

"But you cannot have relationships like this with all managers and if I don't have one there is not time to start having one. No I am not bothered (by Mourinho) for sure." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Telegraph.co.uk

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