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Gary Neville says “something is not right” with Jurgen Klopp after his run over the referees in the wake of Liverpool’s 2-0 win over Burnley.
Liverpool beat Burnley 2-0 when they returned to Anfield with goals from Diogo Jota and Sadio Mane. It was a lively meeting from start to finish and Burnley were competitive. Too competitive for Klopp.
The German coach was animated in his comments after the match. And he made it clear that he believed Burnley had crossed the line with their physical approach.
Klopp even named names.
“You saw these challenges as well [Ashley] Barnes and [Chris] Wood and Virgil [van Dijk] and Joel [Matip]. I’m not 100 percent sure if they’re really going in the right direction with those kinds of decisions. It’s like we go 10, 15 years back to, ‘that was the football we wanted to watch’ or whatever, “he said. BT Sport.
He then criticized the experts and the public, who demand that the referees “let the game flow” and asked them to go and see wrestling.
Klopp added: “But we must stick to protecting the players. We can not deny this convenience. ‘It’s a challenge, I love it’, so watch wrestling. “
“You saw these challenges as well [Ashley] Barnes and [Chris] Wood and Virgil [van Dijk] and Joel [Matip]. I’m not 100 percent sure if they’re really going in the right direction with those kinds of decisions. It’s like we go 10, 15 years back to, ‘that was the football we wanted to watch’ or whatever.
Neville says he did not expect Klopp’s comments, especially as a manager who preached “heavy metal football”.
“I’m surprised,” said the former Manchester United star said on Gary Neville podcast.
“Even before the matches, he talked about the referees and the Leno decision against Brentford.
“Everyone at the weekend, on and off the pitch, in the interviews seemed to think we were going in the right direction. I still think so.
‘The judges have been brilliant’
“For me, the judges have been brilliant for the first two weeks, absolutely brilliant.
“It’s not to say they do not want to make a mistake, but they have been absolutely fantastic and so has Stockley Park.
“So I’m really surprised that Klopp has gone after them during this period and says that we have gone back 15 years, because it is he who talked about heavy metal football.
“Football is fast and furious, the excitement of English football, the cut and the impact, slippery tackles.
“All the things you would expect Klopp to love, the physics of the game. But something is not going well with him and I’m not quite sure what it is, maybe we’ll get it out of him over the next few weeks.
“But it feels like the physical part of the game that has returned in the last few weeks is not sitting well with him, which I am surprised about.”
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