There was no love lost between Jurgen Klopp and Frank Lampard as the two old enemies renewed rivalries at Anfield on Sunday.
Klopp and Lampard famously clashed in 2020 when the latter was manager of Chelsea, with Lampard telling his German counterpart to "f*** off." No lip-readers were required this time around, but it was clear that the feeling between the two Merseyside bosses had not abated in the intervening years.
With Anfield again the setting, the pair faced off towards the end of a fractious first half between Liverpool and Everton. Klopp seemed to disagree with Lampard about something and marched over with his arms outstretched towards the Toffees boss.
The pair met in between the two dugouts in an exchange that lasted only a few seconds. Klopp pointed towards something out on the pitch as the warring bosses delivered their respective points of view.
It follows a similar altercation between the two during a Premier League clash between Liverpool and Chelsea at Anfield in July 2020. On that occasion, Lampard was furious with the referee for giving the Reds a free-kick for a foul on Sadio Mane.
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Lampard disagreed with the decision while Klopp felt the Senegalese star was being targeted by the Blues. "How is that a foul? There's no foul there!" Lampard screamed, before telling Klopp's assistant Pepijn Ljinders to sit down.
"Calm down, calm down… don't talk to my No 2," Klopp barked back. "No, no, if he's going off at me, I'll f***ing say something!" Lampard replied. And when another member of Klopp's coaching team alleged it was still a foul, the Chelsea boss gave an x-rated reply: "It's not a f***ing foul! I'm not asking you. Shut up," he said.
Klopp attempted to calm the situation by shouting "hey" but a furious Lampard was having none of it. The three-time Premier League winner shouted: "F*** off you as well! One title you've won and you're f***ing giving it the big 'un! F*** off!"
"I've got no problem with Jurgen Klopp, he has managed this team and it is fantastic," Lampard told Sky Sports at the time. "Some of the bench, it is a fine line between when you are winning and they have won the league, fair play to Liverpool Football Club but also don't get too arrogant with it. In matchplay you get emotional and that is it."
Klopp got the better of Lampard on that occasion, with his Liverpool side running out 5-3 winners on a crazy night at Anfield. And the German boss was celebrating on Sunday as his Reds kept the pressure on Manchester City with another win over Lampard, this time coming out on top 2-0 against Everton.
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