Klopp 'not surprised' by Elliott display for Liverpool in win
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Burnley manager Sean Dyche has hit back at Jurgen Klopp’s public criticism of Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood following Liverpool’s 2-0 win over the Clarets on Saturday. Klopp labelled the attacking duo ‘dangerous’ in relation to challenges on his centre-back pairing Virgil van Dijk and Joel Matip.
Liverpool defeated Burnley in front of a capacity crowd at Anfield on Saturday, courtesy of goals from Diogo Jota and Sadio Mane.
After full-time, Klopp criticised Barnes and Wood for ‘hard’ tackles on Van Dijk and Matip, suggesting it was like watching wrestling.
“You saw these challenges of Barnes and Wood on Virgil [van Dijk] and Joel [Matip],” Klopp explained.
“I am not 100% sure if we are going in the right direction with these decisions if we go 10-15 years back.
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“It is too dangerous – it is just hard. The rules are how they are but you cannot defend these situations.”
“Watch wrestling if you like these kind of things.”
Dyche has aimed fire at Klopp for his decision to name-drop Burnley players in his post-match criticism.
The Burnley boss labelled his German counterpart’s comments as ‘inappropriate’ in a scathing rant.
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He told reporters: “My disappointment is he’s name-checking players. There’s absolutely no need to do that.
“We’ve got professional players who have worked very hard in their careers to get to where they’ve got to.
“The implications of what he said about challenges is wrong, I think it’s inappropriate, and it’s not something I would do myself.
“My worry is he’s questioned that teams shouldn’t do everything within the rules to win the game, which we clearly did because there wasn’t a single card given out.”
Dyche went on to explain how he was a Liverpool fan growing up and joked that Kopites love a strong challenge, despite Klopp’s stance.
“If fans want a game where there’s not some form of physicality to win a game, I’d be surprised, including Liverpool fans,” he added.
“I know Liverpool’s history. I was a Liverpool fan as a kid, still am, but a bit distant now.
“You don’t have to look far down the annals of Liverpool’s history to see they had a few players who were fighting, not just playing, but fighting to win a game.
“It’s fair to say they had a few players in their time and still have a few.”
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