Pulis fine with Klopp but disappointed by officials

Date published: Sunday 13th December 2015 8:16

Tony Pulis: Played down his disagreement with Jurgen Klopp

Tony Pulis played down his disagreement with Jurgen Klopp but expressed his disappointment with the officials after West Brom’s 2-2 draw at Liverpool.

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.

Afterwards, Pulis said there was no issue between him and the Liverpool manager.

“He has got to do what he has got to do, I am more disappointed about the way they came back to make it 2-2,” Pulis said.

“He is animated. I have been animated all my life on the bench. I have no problems with that.

“We have come here, tried to be resilient. I don’t think there was a booking during the game. The big disappointment was they got that goal.”

Pulis also brushed aside Gardner’s tackle on Lovren.

“The two worst challenges in the game are (James) Milner’s challenge on Gardner and Skrtel’s challenge on Salomon (Rondon). Gardner has played the ball. The others Skrtel has gone right over the ball,” he added.

Pulis was annoyed at Olsson’s effort being disallowed for offside after referee Craig Pawson initially awarded the goal and only changed his mind after a discussion with linesman Roger West, who at no point signalled for offside.

“The big disappointment is the linesman never put his flag up,” said the West Brom manager.

“They tell me he is offside so why he hasn’t put his flag up and why has he dragged the referee 50 yards across to talk to him?

“We will speak to the officials on Monday to find out why that is. If the flag goes up at the time we accept everything.”

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