Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was reportedly instructed to calm down by a police officer after trading insults with Sam Allardyce and his backroom staff in the wake of Jeremain Lens’s nasty second-half tackle on Mamadou Sakho at the Stadium of Light on Wednesday.
Christian Benteke had already scored the only goal of a game which leaves Liverpool seventh and revives their hopes of Champions League qualification, when Lens made a challenge the former Dortmund boss believed merited a sending off.
Centre referee Kevin Friend brandished only a yellow card but Klopp was making no apologies for a tirade of what Sam Allardyce described as “foul and abusive language”. Although the two managers and their staff shook hands as friendliness was fully restored at the final whistle, Allardyce subsequently dubbed Klopp “a soft German” and was adamant Friend had been correct to settle for a booking.
An unapologetic Klopp said;
“I am not too sorry. Please, it was a foul. Of course, I was angry. For me, that is a red card, finished. So my staff were emotional, the staff of Sunderland were emotional but, if you look on your ticket, that is included. If nothing happens on the pitch, you can watch the bench. But it is over and Mamadou Sakho is OK.” Klopp is quoted as saying on the Guardian.