Allardyce gives honest thoughts on fiery Klopp interview

Everton boss Sam Allardyce has defended Jurgen Klopp after the Liverpool was involved in a heated exchange with Sky Sports reporter Patrick Davison on Sunday.

Klopp was visibly fuming in his post-match interview as his side threw away a late lead in the Merseyside derby.

Wayne Rooney’s penalty earned the visitors a battling 1-1 draw at Anfield.

Mo Salah’s stunning strike had given a dominant Reds side the lead at the break and, after the home side squandered a number of chances to make the game safe, Rooney struck from the spot after Dejan Lovren’s nudge on Dominic Calvert-Lewin in the area.

Klopp told Sky Sports: “Can we please stop this? I am not in the mood. I only want to talk to people with some understanding of football.”

A heated exchange then ensued with neither giving an inch, until Klopp apologised for his behaviour.

Allardyce said: “Like everything else, we come off one of the biggest games of the season for the fans, he is extremely disappointed about the penalty and that they’ve drawn the game. We sometimes can’t control our emotions with such pressure we’re under.

“I have every respect for Jurgen, we can all be on the edge sometimes. For all concerned when you see it, it was the right decision the penalty.

“Liverpool had scored 12 goals in two games, my position was to frustrate their quality. That’s exactly what they did. I make no apologies for that. We had to go with the best way to get something out of it and that was to stop Liverpool scoring. Against other teams they’ve scored five or seven. Our determination was outstanding.

“Tactically we were sound defensively. We did create as much as I would have liked but Anfield is a difficult place to play. Man United had a similar tactic. A team that opens up rarely wins.”