Jurgen Klopp collars Cesar Azpilicueta after Chelsea secure draw with Liverpool

Jurgen Klopp had some choice words for Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta following Liverpool’s draw with the Blues earlier today.

The match was a heated affair, with both clubs hoping to gain an early advantage on their Premier League title rivals.

Chelsea went 1-0 up in the first half after Kai Havertz nodded Reece James’ corner past Alisson.

However, the game was turned on its head moments before the end of the first 45 minutes when James was sent off for handling Sadio Mane’s shot on the line.

Mohammad Salah slammed home the resulting penalty and the first half ended moments later with Liverpool very much favourites to take all three points.

But it wasn’t to be for Klopp’s side, who, after coming out for the second half, met an impressively resilient Chelsea back line.

While Liverpool had their moments throughout the rest of the game, Thomas Tuchel guided his team through a hugely challenging half, with Chelsea producing a sensational defensive performance to see out the game.

Following the game’s conclusion, while Tuchel and his players seemed pleased, Klopp and his Liverpool side appeared slightly dejected with the result.

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A few minutes later, Klopp found himself in the centre of the pitch with Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta.

The pair initially seemed friendly. However, manners quickly appeared to go out the window after Klopp grabbed the Spaniard by his collar and barked some choice words in his direction.

Azpilicueta was similarly animated in his response, but the pair seemed to get over their differences swiftly and grinned before parting ways.

Fans were quick to suggest what the confrontation was about.

One claimed, “Obviously [Azpilicueta] faking injuries to waste time.”

Another argued, “Maybe just MAYBE it had to do with Azpilicueta grabbing his face in agony on that last corner kick even though he wasn’t even touched by Mane.

“Shameful play acting and undermines the excellent performance he had otherwise…”

Following their confrontation, Azpilicueta appeared on Sky Sports and shared his thoughts on the match.

"I think the first half was good even though we weren't at our best,” the Spaniard claimed.

“It could have been 2-0, we had the best chances.

“When you get in at half time after a good first half, lots of emotion, we felt like shouty and disappointed because we felt we were better and deserved more than that.

“Our mentality was that with what we had we had to adapt, fight as a team, and face this new challenge. In the second half we had our moments."

In response to accusations of “time wasting”, Azpilicueta was frank in his response.

"I don't think so?"

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