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:
Liverpool gone very long ball in search of an equaliser against Swansea. Klopp has stopped playing football?— Mkhaddies (@Caddies) January 21, 2017
Klopp criticized Mourinho's 'long ball' tactics. Resorted to send Matip upfront for an equalizer. Matip ain't no Fellaini son! #MUFC— MouGalacticos (@MouGalacticos) January 21, 2017
There is nothing wrong with going down the long ball route. It's just weird how Klopp had such a problem with it, and then used it.— Liam Canning (@LiamPaulCanning) January 21, 2017
They literally brought on a centre back, Joel Matip, to hit him with a long ball. Jurgen Klopp, the hypocrite.— The Man Utd Way (@TheManUtdWay) January 21, 2017
Jurgen Klopp bringing on Joel Matip as a striker a week after having a pop at Mourinho for playing long ball.— Premier League (@EPLBible) January 21, 2017
The beautiful game. pic.twitter.com/wgzrO75dLy
Week after he criticises Mourinho for long balls, Klopp sends on Matip to play striker. pic.twitter.com/Kj8OdDC5tG— Sam (@swilkz) January 21, 2017