Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp claims ‘tactical fouls’ are a bigger problem in English football than diving.
Klopp was speaking after Ander Herrera’s pulling on Roberto Firmino’s shirt in the latter stages of Sunday’s 1-1 draw, with the Reds boss describing such fouls are “lazy” and designed to stem the flow of the match.
Speaking about the plan to introduce retrospective action for deliberate dives, Klopp believes the issue of tactical fouls are a bigger problem in the English game
“If we could do things in retrospective with all decision (gives thumbs up). Fine. But only diving?” asked Klopp.
“I don’t think that makes too much sense. In this moment especially it is not my biggest problem.
“I really think that diving is not a real (issue). I can’t imagine when I last saw a real dive but if they want to do it I have no problem with it.
“I actually think we could think about a few more things.
“We could think about rules – and in my opinion, the tactical fouls.
“The tactical foul of holding a midfielder – and not because of Herrera, I mean in general – is an offensive action and should, for me, be an immediate yellow card. Only because it is lazy.”
“If you can, try to run to get it, then if not it is a situation.
“Tactical fouls for me are not hard (physical) but they disturb the fluency of the game.
“For me it is always yellow but nobody sees it like this.”
Klopp was livid about how Firmino was stopped by Herrera pic.twitter.com/bSJBirsPHC
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