Klopp explains why he did not shake Pulis’ hand

Date published: Sunday 13th December 2015 8:12

Jurgen Klopp and Tony Pulis: Did not shake hands after Liverpool's draw against West Brom

Jurgen Klopp and Tony Pulis: Did not shake hands after Liverpool's draw against West Brom

Jurgen Klopp says he did not shake hands with Tony Pulis after Liverpool’s 2-2 draw against West Brom “because it was not a friendly game”.

Divock Origi earned Liverpool a point in the sixth of eight additional minutes after Craig Dawson and Jonas Olsson had seemingly put West Brom on course for victory following Jordan Henderson’s opener for the hosts.

The lengthy additional time was for the long delay after Craig Gardner’s knee-high challenge – which went unpunished – on Dejan Lovren saw the Croatia defender carried off on a stretcher.

At various times during the match there were words exchanged between the two managers and at the final whistle there was no handshake as Klopp raced to celebrate with his players, although he was confronted by a member of the visitors’ backroom staff.

Klopp refused to criticise Gardner for his challenge.

“He (Gardner) played the ball, a millisecond before he hit Dejan,” Klopp said.

“It was like the whole game, on the edge of everything. I am not sure the ref saw it.

“We hope it (Lovren’s injury) is not too serious but we have to wait for the scan.

“Everything could have happened in this situation but hopefully we’ll have more luck than in previous situations (with injured players).”

On Pulis, he said: “I didn’t see him after the game. I can say nothing. We had some words in the game; sometimes it takes more than a few seconds to cool down.

“Usually I shake hands, I did not today because it was not a friendly game.”

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