Jürgen Klopp Reveals Why He Squared Up To José Mourinho
Posted by Jordan Clarke | Published on January 16, 2017
Jürgen Klopp has revealed that he squared up to José Mourinho due the Portuguese’s attempt to influence the referee after Roberto Firmino pushed Ander Herrera following the Spaniard’s cynical foul.
Klopp was seen confronting the fourth official as well as Mourinho and Rui Faria, as Herrera yanked Firmino to the ground to prevent the Liverpool counter. Klopp revealed Mourinho’s antics was the reasoning behind his anger:“He wanted the minimum of a yellow card, I don’t know,” Klopp said of Mourinho. “I think the ref whistled before anything else happened. Roberto is a footballer from head to toe and he wanted to stay in the game. That was a yellow card for Herrera and nothing else. In the
“He wanted the minimum of a yellow card, I don’t know,” the German said.
“I think the ref whistled before anything else happened. Roberto is a footballer from head to toe and he wanted to stay in the game. That was a yellow card for Herrera and nothing else.”
“In the end, it was a yellow card for the guy who wanted to play football. It could have been even worse if someone wants to see it again and all that stuff. We [Klopp and Mourinho] could not have the same opinion in this moment.”
Mourinho has since revealed Klopp’s accusation was false, and he didn’t appeal for Firmino to be sent off:
“He thought I was asking for his player to be sent off,” Mourinho said. “I wasn’t. There was no problem at all. I think the game was correct. I think the players gave everything but in an emotional and professional way so the referee did very well in that part of the game – emotional and in control of good professionals.”
It wasn’t the first occasion the pair have had a feisty confrontation, and it appears Mourinho had wound Klopp up from the start, as Klopp revealed there was no welcome for Liverpool in Mourinho’s match programme notes, and the German couldn’t have a coffee, as United had only provided tea.
“I read the programme notes and it is the first time that there was nothing about ‘Welcome to Liverpool’ or something like this,” he said. “That’s the first thing. Then I wanted a coffee and in the can was only tea. It’s started already, yeah? It’s all OK. It’s football and we are ready for it.”