What Jurgen Klopp did to cause Sean Dyche spat after Liverpool's win over Burnley

Liverpool continued their Premier League title quest by cutting Manchester City’s lead at the top of the table to two points.

The Reds had to do things the hard way at Turf Moor however, coming from behind to win 3-1 at Turf Moor thanks to goals from James Milner, Roberto Firmino and Xherdan Shaqiri.

But manager Jurgen Klopp became embroiled in a post-game spat with opposite number Sean Dyche as the two sides left the field at the end of the game.

The duo shook hands at full-time, but Dyche said something to Klopp which stunned the Reds boss, the Burnley chief scolding the German over some of his actions during the game.

Klopp had been frustrated throughout by the nature of Burnley’s tackling, particularly after the injury suffered by Joe Gomez which saw him replaced in the first half.

Joe Gomez was replaced injured in the first half
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Gomez was clattered by Robbie Brady before a Ben Mee challenge saw the Liverpool defender crash into the advertising hoardings, subsequently leaving on a stretcher midway through the first half.

That and subsequent challenges from Burnley players – including one from Phil Bardsley on Alberto Moreno – led to fury from Klopp, who spent much of the second period in Mike Dean’s ear.

Dyche took exception to that as the two men made their way back to the changing rooms in the game’s immediate aftermath.

The pair becoming involved in a heated discussion, exchanging views with the home boss furious with Klopp calling for his players to be carded for challenges and perceived attempts to influence the officials.

The pair had previously shook hands
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Klopp and Dyche exchange views heading towards the tunnel
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Speaking in his press conference after the affair, Dyche gave little away, stating: “I just said well done”.

But Klopp made no attempt to hide his frustration with what he perceived as excessive physicality from Burnley, believing referee Stuart Attwell should have done more to protect his side.

Alberto Moreno feels the pain
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“I said to the referee after the first sliding tackle [made] over six or seven yards, when he got the ball and everyone liked it: ‘Please, tell them they cannot do that'”, said Klopp.

“It wasn’t a foul but they cannot do that. It’s like bowling because then four or five times it happened. Joe is injured and probably not only a little bit.

Dyche wasn’t happy with the German
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“Aggression is a part of football but be careful. Sliding over six or seven yards: these times are over. Usually someone will not let you do that.

“We all want to win and you can choose different ways but someone needs to say: ‘Stop doing that’. Make two more steps and then you are in a normal challenge.

“Don’t go five yards before you see the player when the grass is wet. It’s unlucky what happened to Joe but the referees have to make sure it doesn’t happen consistently. That’s not how it should be.”

Dyche however was pleased with how his side went about their business, despite defeat and Klopp’s complaints.

“It’s this idea of getting back to what we’re about,” he said. “There were some excellent challenges. That’s part of that front foot mentality. You’ve got to put a marker on the game.”

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