Jurgen Klopp has rejected Frank Lampard’s suggestion that the Liverpool bench was “arrogant” during the Reds’ 5-3 Premier League win over Chelsea on Wednesday night.
The two managers were seen arguing in the technical zones at Anfield, but the title-winning boss says he has no issue with the words spoken – other than when it continued beyond full-time.
A video circulating on social media clearly showed the Chelsea boss swearing and gesticulating at the home coaches and Lampard has acknowledged he regrets the language used.
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But Klopp has defended his backroom staff and said in his pre-Newcastle press conference that in-game emotions should be left at the whistle.
“We are not arrogant. Frank was in really competitive mood, I respect that a lot,” he said. “For me, after the game, it’s completely over.
“I have said a lot in the past, because it’s pure emotion, [we are] really involved.
“But what he has to learn is to finish it with the last whistle and he didn’t do that. Speaking after the whistle is not OK.
“He has a lot of time to learn, he’s a young coach, but that’s what he has to learn.
“During the game, the words he used, no problems at all. But, final whistle: close the book. He didn’t do that and that’s what I don’t like.”
Klopp’s team now prepare for their final match of a successful campaign, while Lampard’s Chelsea host Wolves on the final day, needing a point to secure a top-four finish.
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