Klopp justifies touchline conversation with Benteke

Date published: Monday 21st March 2016 4:05

Christian Benteke: Was spoken to by Jurgen Klopp

Jurgen Klopp has responded to criticism for holding a touchline conversation with Christian Benteke after he missed a chance in Liverpool’s defeat at Southampton.

Benteke missed a good chance to put Liverpool 3-1 up at St Mary’s on Sunday and appeared to be brought to task by Klopp on the sidelines, leading to criticism from Alan Shearer and Danny Murphy.

“I understand that he’s not his player, I don’t think he fancies him. He didn’t sign him,” Shearer told Match of the Day 2.

“I understand all of that, but I wouldn’t take too kindly if I was a player and he came on to the pitch in front of 32,000 and let his feelings be known.

“No problem if he wants to give him a telling off, or whatever it is, but do it in the dressing room, in the four walls in front of the rest of the players, not in front of all the fans.”

Murphy added: “I couldn’t agree more, If you’re going to give someone a telling off then do it inside.

“Sometimes he’s great, Jurgen Klopp, he’s been a breath of fresh air, but sometimes he’s overly animated on the touchline and it doesn’t always go down well with everyone.

“It tells me in the first half in games they’re playing with a really high intensity that the players can’t maintain over the 90 minutes.

“It’s a very difficult way to play football for a full 90 minutes and maybe he needs a full pre-season. He’ll bring in a couple of players he knows can play his system with, but at the moment they are very Jekyll and Hyde.”

In response to the criticism, Klopp said: “I’m not going to go to him and ask, ‘Why don’t you use the chance?’

“Sometimes I have to talk to the players, that’s my job. They are going out to their national team and I don’t want to make phone calls with them all, I had a few words to say, that’s OK, nothing else.”

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