Sean Dyche takes swipe at Klopp over ‘inappropriate’ Burnley comments

Date published: Monday 23rd August 2021 7:47 - TEAMtalk staff

Sean Dyche and Jurgen Klopp Premier League match 2019

Sean Dyche has criticised Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp for singling out individual players when complaining about Burnley’s challenges after the 2-0 win over the Clarets.

Klopp mentioned Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood as he expressed his unhappiness at some of the challenges made in the match on Saturday and revealed his concerns at the idea of referees letting games flow more.

The German said he was “not 100 per cent sure if we are really going in the right direction with these kind of decisions” and stressed the need to protect players.

Asked on Monday for his response to Klopp’s comments, Burnley manager Dyche told a press conference: “My main disappointment actually is not a view of the game – I think every manager, every coach, every pundit, every fan has a view of the game.

“My disappointment is he is name-checking players – there is absolutely no need to do that.

“We have professional players who have worked very, very hard in their careers to get to where they have got to. The implication of them being untoward in some of their challenges I think is wrong, I think it’s inappropriate.”

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Player protection not a Dyche concern

Dyche added: “My overview would be, I’m not worried about protection of players, because I think players get protected to a level that is unbelievable in my history of the game – and rightly so in some cases, I must say.

“My worry is that he is questioning that a team shouldn’t do everything they can to win a game within the laws – which we clearly did, because there wasn’t a single card.”

On Klopp’s suggestion that fans should “watch wrestling if you like these kind of things”, Dyche said: “That’s up to him. His comments are what they are. That’s not up to me. (People can) use whatever words they wish to describe whatever they wish, and see fit to do so.”

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