Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp gives touchline ban update after fiery Man City showdown


Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has opened on Sunday’s turbulent 1-0 win over Manchester City ahead of his side’s latest game against West Ham on Thursday night. The German was sent off for shouting at a linesman during the weekend’s victory at Anfield. And relations between the two Premier League superpowers have now plummeted even more in the short time since. 

Liverpool were able to get the better of Manchester City on Sunday evening, with Mohamed Salah scoring the only goal to give the Reds all three points.

However, it was a fiery encounter on Merseyside with tempers boiling over.

Prior to the game, Klopp had angered City by slamming their wealth and suggesting the same rules everybody else has to follow don’t apply to them. Following the match at Anfield, the reigning champions then accused the German of ‘borderline xenophobia’.

Liverpool, however, are angry themselves after the away end was graffitied with vile insults about the Hillsborough and Heysel disasters back in the 1980s.

The row has shown no sign of easing as the two rivals continue to express their rage towards one another, with Klopp also sent off during the game.

And the German has now spoken out ahead of his side’s game on Thursday, insisting he’s yet to hear about a possible ban. 

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“I think I will be there [on the touchline] because nothing has happened yet,” he said.

“I still think I should have dealt with the situation differently which I usually do.

“It was an intense game that both managers didn’t understand with some calls. I am not happy with my reaction.”

On his comments prior to the match with City, he then added: “It should not [detract from result].

“We don’t have to be best friends but I am sure anyone wants to be with us.

“It’s normal competition. It started here with the question, I answered, the rest was made of it.


“I said I respect what they are doing but my answer was still not right to some people.

“If a guy throws a coin it’s a massive mistake. It was a brilliant performance against an incredibly strong side.

“I saw situations I didn’t want to see in a football game.

“After the game, all the talk is of what I said and what people made of it. That should not be the case but I can’t change that.”

He continued: “My English is not good enough to express how important it was [to beat City].

“From all perspectives, it was the performance we needed. I don’t want to cut out our supporters, what they did this season is exceptional. Our fans understood quickly it was not the start we wanted, how they reacted and performed in home games is exceptional. Special.”

And Klopp has also confirmed the news that Diogo Jota will miss the World Cup, having picked up a knock in the win over City.

“The first diagnosis was clear and it’s very sad news for us,” said the German.

“We have to look at [player welfare], we always do and if we can consider things lineup-wise, we will.

“It’s an intense period, we’re used to it but full energy is required again v West Ham.”

Yet Klopp has said his Liverpool forward won’t require an operation, but did add: “We’re talking about months. I don’t want to put a time on it. It will be a long time.

“He’s surprisingly OK so far, a smart boy and he knew it when we carried him off. At that moment he knew it.”

And, on Wednesday night’s match with West Ham, he said: “From now they are all finals.

“We realised that a few weeks ago.

“We respect West Ham a lot, caused us a lot of problems. They have really quality players.

“Antonio played 80 games in the past now they can share that up front.”


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