Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has responded to comments made by Frank Lampard in which the Chelsea boss accused the Merseyside club’s backroom staff of being “arrogant,” following his side’s 5-3 defeat on Wednesday night.
Lampard and Klopp could be seen exchanging remarks on the touchline during the game, which led to an outburst from the Blues manager after the match.
Klopp believes any ill will between opponents should be restricted to the 90 minutes and should not spill over after the game ends:
“Speaking afterwards like this, that is not OK. Frank has to learn. He has a lot of time to learn because he is a young coach but that he has to learn.”
“We are not arrogant. We are pretty much the opposite of arrogant. In a moment like this, how it is with all arguments, if you say something you want to hurt the other person. No problem with that, but after the final whistle, close the book. He didn’t do that and that is what I don’t like.”
Lampard has since apologised for his remarks during the game, although pointedly he has not withdrawn his claim about the Reds being arrogant, saying that he took umbrage with some of the behaviour from the opposing bench.
There were some claiming the Lampard was alluding to Liverpool’s title celebrations, but he has since clarified saying he was talking specifically about what was happening on the sidelines. There is likely to be a bit more edge the next time the two teams meet.