Furious Jurgen Klopp refuses to play down Sean Dyche tunnel bust-up

Date published: Friday 22nd January 2021 7:12 - Matthew Briggs

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Jurgen Klopp was left furious after chasing Sean Dyche down the tunnel at half-time at Anfield on Thursday night.

Ashley Barnes’s 83rd-minute penalty was his 100th senior club career goal and he became the first Burnley player to score an away league goal since October 3. It handed Burnley a shock 1-0 win.

For Liverpool, whose 68-match unbeaten run at home was brought to an end, their goal drought now stretches to seven hours and 18 minutes.

And things exploded at the interval after Burnley’s Ashley Barnes become involved in a fracas with Fabinho.

The pair tangled legs after the half-time whistle, with players from both sides involved. As the half-time whistle blew Dyche walked past Klopp in the tunnel and then pair exchanged words. Klopp then charged after the Burnley boss and the two squared up to each other.

Klopp was quizzed about the incident after the defeat and said: “If he’s not talking about it, I will not talk about it. But I didn’t start it.

“But it’s not nothing. All Good.”

Speaking to Sky Sports about the incident with Klopp, Dyche said: “We come to these places, we are allowed to fight, we are allowed to try and win. That’s all it was. It’s just two managers fighting for their teams, wanting to win a game. There’s nothing wrong with that.”

 

 

Asked how Burnley achieved their huge win, the Clarets boss said: “Doing the basics very well, structure of the side, shape of the side, individual diligence.

“You still need a bit of luck, they had a couple of chances where Popey’s had to make a good save down to his left second half. I’ve always believed in the side to find a moment and I thought we found a couple actually. Barnesy gets a penalty and slots it away very well.”

Dyche added: “We lack a bit of talent in the key areas up front sometimes, but we don’t lack belief.

“I think when we get it right as a structure and as a unit, and when everyone’s playing to their potential, that keeps you in a game and then it’s whether you can win it.

Low block problems

“Tonight we found a moment. We know we’re going to have to find bigger moments because it’s a big season in front of us but it’s put us in a better position.”

Klopp, who took the blame for the defeat, said of Liverpool’s lack of goals: “It’s really difficult to play against these kinds of low block but we did it already.

“You have to score the first one and we don’t score the first one, and that makes things difficult because, after scoring not that much for a long time, it’s not that everyone feels incredibly confident in these moments, and that’s something we have to work on.

“It’s the not the first time this happened in football, it won’t be the last time, and the good news is we can change it, we just have to work on it.”

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