Po­chet­tino con­demns Klopp’s touch­line an­tics

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS - BY MARK OGDEN

MAURI­CIO PO­CHET­TINO con­demned Jur­gen Klopp’s touch­line be­hav­iour and in­sisted Liver­pool should have been re­duced to 10 men as Daniel Stur­ridge’s double con­signed Tot­ten­ham to de­feat in the EFL Cup.

Stur­ridge’s brace proved enough for Liver­pool to book their place in the quar­ter­fi­nals, de­spite a late fight back by Spurs fol­low­ing Vin­cent Janssen’s 76th minute penalty.

But af­ter see­ing Liver­pool teenager Trent Alexan­der-Arnold es­cape with a book­ing for a wild first-half lunge on de­fender Ben Davies, Tot­ten­ham man­ager Po­chet­tino ad­mit­ted he was dis­mayed by the ac­tions of Klopp and his as­sis­tants as they urged ref­eree Jon Moss to award a se­ries of Liver­pool free­kicks in the clos­ing stages.

Ten­sions were raised with Moss award­ing Spurs their penalty fol­low­ing Lu­cas Leiva’s foul on Erik Lamela, prior to a re­jected ap­peal in the wake of an Al­berto Moreno chal­lenge on Lamela.

And just two days af­ter Jose Mour­inho crit­i­cised An­to­nio Conte for his con­duct dur­ing Manch­ester United’s de­feat at Chelsea, Po­chet­tino voiced his dis­plea­sure with Klopp’s at­tempts to in­flu­ence the of­fi­cials.

“I think it was strange that at the end of the game they started to com­plain,” Po­chet­tino said. “The full­back Arnold should be sent off in the first-half, I have seen the tackle again on Ben Davies.

“So af­ter that, it was strange when their bench started to com­plain with our bench. It is the ref­eree’s author­ity to say if it was a penalty or not. It was strange.

“They com­plained about a nor­mal game, but maybe yes, they were lucky to fin­ish with 11 on the pitch.”

Klopp, who spoke be­fore Po­chet­tino crit­i­cised his be­hav­iour, praised Eng­land for­ward Stur­ridge af­ter see­ing him end a two-month club drought to win the game for Liver­pool.

“He was good,” Klopp said “He did what he has to do and he was bril­liant.

“He could have scored three or maybe four, but I think he was re­ally good and that is his big strength. He showed it at the end.

“He is a fin­isher, that’s his tal­ent and I had no doubts about him, even when he wasn’t scor­ing.” – The In­de­pen­dent

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