Saturday 7 December 2019

Manchester United fans brand Jurgen Klopp a hypocrite after he criticised Jose Mourinho for long ball tactics

Jurgen Klopp criticised Manchester United's use of the long ball last week
Jurgen Klopp criticised Manchester United's use of the long ball last week
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was quick to chastise Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho for using 'long ball tactics' against his side last weekend - so it was no surprise to see the German come under Twitter fire after he replicated that plan as his side slumped to a shock defeat against Swansea at Anfield.

Klopp accused Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho of resorting to direct football as he threw Marouane Fellaini on for the second half of a game that finished 1-1 against Liverpool last Sunday, yet Klopp used a similar ploy as he battled to find a leveller against Swansea at Anfield.

With his side trailing 3-2 heading into the closing stages, Klopp threw defender Joel Matip into the fray in a bid to salvage a point, much to the delight of United fans who were quick to poke fun at tactics that were a carbon copy of those used against his team at Old Trafford.

While Mourinho's plan produced results after Fellaini contributed to United's equaliser against Liverpool, Matip failed to have the same effect as Liverpool tumbled to a damaging home defeat that seriously dented their hopes of winning the Premier League title.

That sparked an inevitable reaction from Twitter users, who offered up these messages:

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