Jurgen Klopp insists he has “big respect” for Tony Pulis’ work after issuing an apology to the West Brom boss following an apparent criticism of their playing style against Liverpool.
Pulis jokingly addressed Klopp’s perceived complaints over the Baggies’ playing style during the club’s 2-2 draw at Anfield last weekend.
Pulis sarcastically apologised after Klopp said that West Brom “only play long balls,” and the German took the opportunity at his pre-match press conference ahead of the game with Watford to say sorry to his managerial rival.
“I can easily say sorry for everything I said during game. I am very emotional and I think Pulis is similar.
“It wasn’t a big problem. After the game I wanted to go to my team. I forgot to shake hands, that’s all.
“I have big respect for Pulis’ work. I wanted to go to the players and be with them. What can I say?
“The coaching zones are closer here. That is the only difference. Sometimes you do things in football you wouldn’t do in normal life but it wasn’t serious.
“You can only reach your best performance if you are in an emotionally extreme level. Everything is different in those 98 minutes.”
Klopp on Mourinho axe
Klopp also discussed Chelsea’s decision to sack Jose Mourinho just seven months after the Portuguese led them to the Premier League title.
“It’s a sad situation that such a successful relationship between Mourinho and Chelsea ends like this,” Klopp said. “I wish Jose all the best.
“I hope he can use the time for himself. It’s good to have a little bit of a rest.
“Sometimes football is like this.
“I don’t know why I should talk about Chelsea FC. They tried everything and most of the things did not work.
“I had a similar situation at Dortmund. Tough to be so far away from expectations.
“We are all under pressure in the Premier League for different reasons.
“We will play football at the weekend and that’s what it is.”