Jurgen Klopp refused to criticise Ross Bakley for his tackle on Dejan Lovren – with the Liverpool boss instead preferring to concentrate on his side’s 3-1 Anfield success.
Everton were soundly beaten at Anfield with Philippe Coutinho inspiring the Reds to glory. But Barkley’s ugly first-half tackle on Lovren was the hot topic at full-time. Although the Croatian defender avoided injury, Klopp refused to wade into a simmering row brought to the fore by Seamus Coleman’s broken leg last weekend.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Klopp said: “I’m still a kind of a guest in this country. How can I decide what is OK and what is not OK? My opinion is that the players should leave the pitch healthy and fit but not injured.
“It’s not my job to judge it. If you saw something – say it. If not be quiet.
“I don’t like creating stories. Our responsibility is to cool things down.”
Speaking about Liverpool’s performance, Klopp said: “The boys did everything. It was a well deserved win. We played good football and we coped well.
“Under the circumstances it was a really good game. We did what we had to do and got the points.”
Klopp was then asked about Ronald Koeman’s remarks about Liverpool’s touchline behaviour, but again he refused to enter the row: “Say about it what you want.”
Liverpool defender James Milner, speaking to BBC Sport, said:”These games are always tough and you never quite know what is going to happen. I thought we played pretty well considering.
“It was a good performance after a week in which everyone has been all over the place and we’ve not had long to prepare.
“It’s all about the result – giving the fans those bragging rights. We’ve got eight left and we just want to accumulate as many points as can and see where it takes us.”