Klopp reveals what sparked his touchline row with Mourinho

Date published: Monday 16th January 2017 11:52

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has revealed that Jose Mourinho’s calls for Roberto Firmino to be booked was the reason he reacted angrily on the touchline during Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Manchester United.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s late headed goal grabbed a point for the Red Devils after James Milner had put the Merseysiders ahead through a first-half penalty.

Firmino had his shirt pulled by Herrera in the second half and the Brazilian retaliated by pushing him to the floor.

Both players were booked during the incident leading to a touchline confrontation between the two managers.

“He [Mourinho] wanted the minimum of a yellow card, I don’t know,” Klopp said. “I think the ref whistled before anything else happened.

“Roberto is a footballer from head to toe and he wanted to stay in the game. That was a yellow card for Herrera and nothing else. In the end, it was a yellow card for the guy who wanted to play football.

“It could have been even worse if someone wants to see it again and all that stuff. We [Klopp and Mourinho] could not have the same opinion in this moment.”

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