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.