Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp launches furious rant during interview – ‘I’m not your puppy’ | Football | Sport

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp certainly did not hold back when quizzed on Aaron Cresswell’s possible red card for West Ham on Sunday. There were controversies aplenty as the Hammers battled to a dramatic 3-2 victory, ending the Reds’ mammoth unbeaten run of 25 matches. 

It turned out to be a tense outing for Klopp and his Liverpool side, which became apparent when West Ham took the lead inside the first five minutes. 

Alisson appeared to be crowded out in goal, although the referee deemed the pressure fair as the Brazilian failed to deal with the incoming corner. 

A trademark Trent Alexander-Arnold free-kick brought the scores level, before Pablo Fornals and Kurt Zouma strikes rendered Divock Origi’s late finish irrelevant. 

As if the 3-2 scoreline was not dramatic enough, a fierce challenge from West Ham’s Aaron Cresswell on Jordan Henderson went unpunished by referee Craig Pawson. 

“[The long unbeaten run coming to an end] is the least of my problems. However long a run is, it will come to an end,” the German told BBC Radio 5 Live. 

“There are couple of things that happened during the game that are difficult to take. If you don’t take your chances you’re leaving things up to ref decisions.”

When asked about which decisions he was not happy with, Klopp added: “It’s really interesting you ask that.

“I’m not sure I want to answer the question if you don’t know the situation I’m talking about. Do you not think [Alisson was impeded for the first goal]? Is your job not to have an opinion? Okay that’s nice.”

Things only got more intense when Klopp was pressed on Cresswell’s strong challenge, which some felt was worthy of harsher punishment. 

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“My god. I’m not your puppy. Hopefully, you have an opinion yourself. All good,” he vented.

Staring into a two-week international break, Liverpool have been leapfrogged by the Hammers who now sit third. 

To make matters more painful for the Reds boss, they missed the opportunity to close the gap on Chelsea who had slipped to a frustrating 1-1 draw with Burnley on Saturday. 

Title rivals Manchester City also jumped ahead of them thanks to a resounding 2-0 Manchester Derby victory at Old Trafford. 

While Klopp licked his wounds, Liverpool’s old foe David Moyes rejoiced with the jubilant crowd who provided an electric backdrop to a gripping encounter. 

The significance of West Ham’s victory was not lost on Moyes as he described them as ‘the best in the world’ right now.

Speaking after the match, he said: “It’s never been easy beating Liverpool. Liverpool always have really good teams and unless you’ve got good teams then you’ll struggle to beat them.

“A lot of the clubs I’ve been at have had good teams and have beaten them and we finished above them in the league a couple of times at Everton. I think if you look at Liverpool at the moment without going over the top I think it’s hard to pick a better team in the world at the moment.

“Man City would run them close, Bayern Munich might, there’s very few better at the moment.”





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