Boss Dy­che hits back at Klopp’s tack­ling gripes

Western Daily Press - - Football - ELEANOR CROOKS Foot­ball writer

SEAN Dy­che came out fight­ing in re­sponse to Ju­r­gen Klopp’s crit­i­cism of Burn­ley’s tack­ling. Klopp was un­happy with the Clarets’ slid­ing tack­les dur­ing his side’s 3-1 vic­tory at Turf Moor on Wed­nes­day and re­vealed he asked ref­eree Stu­art Atwell to curb the chal­lenges de­spite ac­cept­ing they were not fouls.

Joe Gomez suf­fered a leg frac­ture in a chal­lenge by Ben Mee, but Dy­che com­mended his play­ers for their tack­ling, cit­ing a Phil Bard­s­ley chal­lenge on Al­bert Moreno, which was not given as a foul, as the only du­bi­ous one. He said of Klopp’s re­marks: “I was a lit­tle bit con­fused. I think he said there was a slid­ing tackle from dis­tance that every­one liked and it was a good tackle, but you’re not al­lowed to do that tackle.

“There were some ex­cel­lent tack­les last night. I think the only one that was ques­tion­able was Bardo’s. I think Ben Mee’s was a fan­tas­tic tackle, and I think Gomez re­alised that. That was the mes­sages we got after. We send him our best, but it’s not from a bad tackle. Of course foot­ball man­agers can ques­tion what­ever they want, but I don’t think they can rein­vent the rules.”

Dy­che com­pared Klopp’s at­ti­tude with that of the Liver­pool team he watched as a boy­hood Reds’ fan, and also ac­cused Daniel Stur­ridge of a first-half dive.

“It’s funny, he didn’t ref­er­ence Daniel Stur­ridge’s cheat­ing,” said the Burn­ley boss, who again played down an ap­par­ent ver­bal joust with Klopp fol­low­ing the fi­nal whis­tle. “He never got touched, noth­ing near him, and ac­tu­ally got a free-kick.

“I watched Liver­pool as a kid and was a Liver­pool fan grow­ing up and they had a fan­tas­tic side of skill, will, de­mand and a phys­i­cal edge. If that has gone, or the sug­ges­tion is you’re not al­lowed to make those tack­les, and it’s been re­placed by cheat­ing, I am happy to be old-fash­ioned.

“I just can’t be­lieve Ju­r­gen Klopp and Liver­pool fans – and I don’t be­lieve they do – would want cheat­ing in the game and sac­ri­fice good, hon­est chal­lenges.

“I’d go as far as to say we haven’t been phys­i­cal enough in some games. Our tackle count’s down, our block­ing count’s down, so how are you judg­ing phys­i­cal­ity?

“I don’t re­mem­ber get­ting beaten by Man City and say­ing, ‘Well they were a dis­grace, they had 800 passes, they shouldn’t be al­lowed to do that’. There’s dif­fer­ent ways of play­ing. You’ve got to try to win, and it’s very dif­fi­cult for us at the mo­ment.”

Dy­che, mean­while, said there has been no mean­ing­ful ap­proach for out-of-favour keeper Tom Heaton.

Nigel French/PA

Burn­ley boss Sean Dy­che, left, ar­gues withLiver­pool coun­ter­partJu­r­gen Klopp on Wed­nes­dayevening

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