Klopp reveals what he said to fourth official during Chelsea match

      

Klopp reveals what he said to fourth official during Chelsea match

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Jurgen Klopp has admitted he was the wrong man to yell at the fourth official following Diego Costa’s late penalty miss in Liverpool’s 1-1 draw with Chelsea.

The German manager let his emotions go when Simon Mignolet saved Costa’s shot after referee Mark Clattenburg  had pointed at the spot for an 'easy' Costa tumble in the penalty box.

“No-one can beat us, was what I said to [the fourth official]. Obviously that’s not true, but it felt for us like this in that moment.” Klopp volunteered to tell reporters in the post-match press conference.

“I was absolutely the wrong person to say it. I went back to him and said sorry, I was a little bit excited, and he said ‘no problem, I like your passion.’”

While Klopp has proven to be a man who falls way off the mark of the usual German stereotype of ‘logic over passion’, Costa fits well into its Spanish counterpart. But Klopp hides no ill no feelings towards the Spanish forward despite admitting feeling a bit angry for his theatrics during last night’s game.

“If I had played against Diego Costa we could never be friends – that’s how it is. But on the other hand we have 100 percent respect, when he is in your team it’s much more fun. What Conte is doing at Chelsea is outstanding but to do it without Costa?

“He is not the nicest guy on the pitch, and if it was a dive maybe I am angry tomorrow–that would be the wrong decision against us, what number, 27 this season? But he is a warrior.”

Despite the positives of this result, Liverpool go into February without having achieved a single victory in the league in the new year, while Conte’s Chelsea sit comfortably at the top with a nine-point lead.

Chelsea are now set to play Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, while Liverpool travel to the KC Stadium to meet Hull City. 

 

 

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Premier League 2017/18

# Team P GD Pts
1 Manchester City FC 24 52 65
2 Manchester United FC 24 33 53
3 Chelsea FC 24 29 50
4 Liverpool FC 23 26 47
5 Tottenham Hotspur FC 24 25 45
6 Arsenal FC 24 14 42
7 Leicester City FC 24 4 34
8 Burnley FC 24 -2 34
9 Everton FC 24 -13 28
10 Watford FC 24 -11 26
11 West Ham United FC 24 -12 26
12 AFC Bournemouth 24 -11 25
13 Crystal Palace FC 24 -15 25
14 Huddersfield Town 24 -22 24
15 Newcastle United FC 24 -12 23
16 Brighton & Hove Albion 24 -16 23
17 Stoke City FC 24 -25 23
18 Southampton FC 24 -11 22
19 West Bromwich Albion FC 24 -12 20
20 Swansea City FC 23 -21 17