Jurgen Klopp says his row with Sam Allardyce is ‘water under the bridge’ and insists he will happily shake hands with the Sunderland boss this weekend.
A goal from Christian Benteke handed the Reds a 1-0 win at the Stadium of Light in December, but the main talking point of the game came after Allardyce labelled Klopp a ‘soft German’ following the latter’s angry response to Jeremain Lens’ tackle on Mamadou Sakho.
But Klopp insists the row was soon be forgotten and told a press conference to preview the game: “It was never a story with Sam.
“The soft story? I have no problem. A lot of people have said worse things about me.
“There’s no problem and I have big respect for Sam Allardyce.
“When we played first time against Sunderland I said then they would stay in the Premier League because Sam is there.
“We will shake hands.”
Liverpool go into the Sunderland game on the back of a defeat to Leicester and Klopp insists his side must put the defeat behind them after his initial angry response to their performance.
To be fair to Klopp, plenty have teams have gone to the King Power and been beaten this season.
When asked if he thought his Reds need to toughen up, the German said he wouldn’t dwell on the loss. “It’s not just my team. It’s all like this.
“At Leicester it wasn’t our best day and what you could see was confidence makes a difference sometimes.
“I think we should not stay with that game too long. Now we have the next chance and that’s the most important thing.”