Wednesday 25 April 2018

'What is happening to the traditions of this great game?' - BBC pundit blasts Jurgen Klopp's behaviour at Brighton

Soccer Football - Premier League - Brighton & Hove Albion vs Liverpool - The American Express Community Stadium, Brighton, Britain - December 2, 2017 Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp and Brighton manager Chris Hughton after the game REUTERS/Dylan Martinez
Soccer Football - Premier League - Brighton & Hove Albion vs Liverpool - The American Express Community Stadium, Brighton, Britain - December 2, 2017 Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp and Brighton manager Chris Hughton after the game REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

BBC pundit Garth Crooks has backed Brighton manager Chris Hughton after he rebuked Jurgen Klopp over his animated touchline antics during Liverpool's 5-1 win on Saturday.

Hughton took exception to Klopp's continued frenzied celebrations even when his side's win was secure, and confronted the German at the final whistle over his behaviour.

Klopp is a ball of energy on the touchline during Liverpool games - something that has endeared him to Reds fans - but it is beginning to rub opposition managers the wrong way.

BBC pundit Crooks sided with Hughton in the debate, and thinks that Klopp should have shook his opponent's hand before embarking on further post-game celebrations.

"Losing 5-1 is no fun, especially when Reds manager Jurgen Klopp is fist-pumping every goal and celebrating with his staff like it's the final of the Champions League," Crooks wrote in his BBC Sport team of the weekend column.

"I understand the importance of winning, but this was Brighton.

"What I do take exception to is any manager being kept waiting to shake hands once a game has finished, while his opposite number finishes hugging and kissing his players and staff in celebration of their victory.

"I sense this was exactly what happened after the final whistle, and why Chris Hughton tore a strip off Klopp immediately after the game and quite rightly.

"What is happening to the traditions of this great game? Has winning and money destroyed everything we hold dear?

"The convention is we shake hands immediately after a game because it brings closure to the occasion, and it starts with the managers.

"The game's conventions are bigger than any manager or player, and if either can't be bothered to perform the duty, I suggest they find another profession that can afford their bad manners."

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