Klopp downplays Pulis row after Lovren injury

BAD-TEMPERED DRAW: Liverpool's Dejan Lovren sustained an injury to his leg following a challenge by Albion midfielder Craig Gardner, leading to heated exchanges between the teams' managers at Anfield on Sunday.


    Dec 15, 2015

    Klopp downplays Pulis row after Lovren injury


    LIVERPOOL manager Juergen Klopp says he must wait to discover the extent of Dejan Lovren's injury, after attempting to play down a touchline row with West Bromwich Albion counterpart Tony Pulis.

    A bad-tempered 2-2 draw at Anfield on Sunday in football's English Premier League was overshadowed by an injury to central defender Lovren, who was carried off on a stretcher after being caught by Albion midfielder Craig Gardner.

    Both Klopp and Pulis said afterwards that Gardner got the ball, with the injury caused by the midfielder's follow through.

    There were heated exchanges between the two managers on the touchline after that, with Pulis disappearing down the tunnel at full-time without shaking the hand of Klopp, who then became embroiled in an argument with Albion assistant head coach David Kemp.

    On Lovren's injury, Klopp said: "We don't know too much. It is a cut, everybody can see. We hope it is not too serious.

    "He (Gardner) played the ball a millisecond before he hit Dejan. If he didn't play the ball, we don't have to talk about this."

    Klopp insisted there was no controversy about the lack of a handshake with Pulis at the end of the match.

    He said: "Sometimes, it takes more than a few seconds to cool down. Usually I shake hands. I did not today because it was not a friendly game. But I wish him all the best."

    Pulis was unconcerned about the confrontation with Klopp.

    "He is animated," the Albion manager said. "I have been animated all my life on the bench. I have no problems with that.

    "We have come here, tried to be resilient. The big disappointment was they got that goal (equaliser)."

    Klopp was clearly emotional at the end of the match, responding to Divock Origi's 96th-minute equaliser by punching the air and urging the home fans to encourage the team towards victory.

    At full time, he gathered his players together to salute the Kop.

    Some older supporters at Anfield, who were fed a diet of success for two decades in the 1970s and 80s, might have raised eyebrows at the apparently joyous scenes.

    Klopp, however, said that he and the players were merely recognising the "special atmosphere" inside Anfield.

    "It was the best atmosphere since I came here," the manager told Sky Sports. "Of course, people are disappointed but they didn't let us feel that. They saw that the lads tried everything and played football."

    Jordan Henderson gave Liverpool the lead before Albion scored twice from corners, with Craig Dawson turning in a loose ball after goalkeeper Simon Mignolet's error, and Jonas Olsson flicking in at the near post from a Chris Brunt delivery.