Klopp has ‘lost the plot’ as Keys blasts ‘unacceptable’ Liverpool boss

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp reviews the Spurs win

Former Sky Sports host Richard Keys has slammed Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp for his touchline actions in the thrilling 4-3 victory over Tottenham on Sunday. The German could be seen running up into the fourth official’s face after Diogo Jota had sensationally scored a late winning goal at Anfield, during which the coach appeared to injure himself in the celebrations.

Klopp questioned referee Paul Tierney and suggested that the official had an agenda against the Reds, following the German’s booking for his celebration. The Liverpool boss has often been a contentious figure for his actions on the touchline, having been forced to apologise to assistant referee Gary Beswick in their 1-0 win over Manchester City in October for being aggressive on the side of the pitch.

Former Sky and now-beIN SPORTS host Keys has criticised the 55-year-old for getting “carried away” during matches. “Once again he’s got a little bit carried away,” Keys said. “That’s what I would say. I like him, I’ve said that many times. He’s great to listen to, he’s goes out of his way to be helpful most of the time. He is box office, but there are occasions he goes beyond what is acceptable and he’s done that here.

“I’m not on that touchline and I’m not offering up an example to millions of youngsters. When a decision goes against you on the football pitch you walk up to the fourth official and scream in his face again and he’s got form for that. He loses the plot occasionally in the dugout and I don’t like to see it.

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“Liverpool fans do [love Klopp]. The rest of us don’t. I don’t mind that [passion], but that’s an aggressive motion that’s not acceptable in the game. There are no excuses for that. Once again, he’s lost control. That is a flaw in his character and he cannot continue to do that. That kind of behaviour sparks incidents.”

A yellow card was brandished to Klopp for the incident, during which the German claimed that Tierney made a comment towards him that was “not OK” but the PGMOL have stated that the referee’s actions were not improper.

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“We have our history with Tierney, I really don’t know what he has against us,” Klopp said after the game. “He has said there [are] no problems but that cannot be true. How he looks at me, I don’t understand it. In England nobody has to clarify these situations, it’s really tricky and hard to understand. What he said to me when he gave me the yellow card is not OK.”

The PGMOL replied: “PGMOL is aware of the comments made by Jurgen Klopp after his side’s fixture with Tottenham Hotspur. Match officials in the Premier League are recorded in all games via a communications system.

“Having fully reviewed the audio of referee Paul Tierney from today’s fixture, we can confirm he acted in a professional manner throughout including when issuing the caution to the Liverpool manager. So, therefore, we strongly refute any suggestion that Tierney’s actions were improper.”

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