Klopp: I was lucky to avoid punishment


Jurgen Klopp admits he was lucky to avoid
punishment for bellowing in the fourth
official’s face but the Liverpool manager
brushed aside Jose Mourinho’s claim that he
gets special treatment.

Klopp apologised following Tuesday’s 1-1
draw with Chelsea after a touchline exchange
with Neil Swarbrick saw him vent his
frustration at the award of a penalty to Diego
Costa.

Simon Mignolet saved the subsequent spot-
kick and Klopp shouted “No one can beat us”
at the official, who responded, according to
the German, by saying, “No problem, I like
your passion”.

After a goalless draw at home to Hull on
Wednesday, Manchester United manager
Mourinho suggested he was treated
differently than Klopp and Arsenal boss
Arsene Wenger.

“Yesterday one fourth official told a
manager, ‘I enjoy very much your passion, so
do what you want to do’. Today I was told,
‘Sit down or I have to send you to the
stands’. So everything is different for me,”
Mourinho said in his tetchy post-match press
conference.

Wenger is currently serving a four-match ban
for using insulting or abusive words to a
fourth official, while Mourinho has served
two suspensions this season and a stadium
exclusion last term.

Klopp accepts he was fortunate not to be
pulled up for his actions, but believes
everyone is treated differently because no
two officials or managers are the same.
“I think it depends on the fourth official. We
all know what we can do,” Klopp told
reporters on Thursday.

“When I saw the picture (of Klopp shouting
at the fourth official) afterwards it didn’t
look too nice but it was not as bad as it
looked, so that is why I said what happened.
“Maybe I was lucky with what the fourth
official said because I’ve never heard
something like this before. There are
different ways to handle the situation.

“It is quite an emotional game and to switch
off emotions is not that simple.
“We struggle — not only myself and Jose but
Arsene Wenger and a lot of other people
struggle.

“We are all different, sometimes we get a
fine, sometimes not. It’s not what we want to
do nor is it a tactic.

“It was worse with me when I was younger. I
have already improved but I had no idea why
he (Mourinho) spoke about me.” 


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