Klopp divides opinion after Liverpool boss slams Burnley

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp may no longer need to wear his trademark glasses, but he still did not like what he saw from Sean Dyche’s Burnley side.

The Reds looked better than ever, as they comprehensively beat the Clarets 2-0 at Anfield, courtesy of goals from Diogo Jota and Sadio Mane.

However, the Liverpool boss was critical of the away side’s physical and assertive style of play.

"I think it all started when we changed the rules 20 years ago to protect the player, you have no influence you’re in the air, I don’t think it is right,” said the German.

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“You want to let the game flow, but we have these situations; the second goal from Brentford must be a foul – you can’t link the arm of the goalie.

“There’s one message, let the game flow, no one knows exactly what that means.

“I’m not sure, I like all the decisions in favour of the defensive team, but we have to stick to protecting the players. If you like watching these kinds of challenges, watch wrestling."

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While the score-line suggests a comfortable day for the six-time European Champions, Burnley consistently carved out chances.

Dwight McNeil had an effort cleared off the line, while central defender James Tarkowski came very close to equalising when he beat Reds’ goalkeeper Alisson to a lofted free-kick just before half-time.

Burnley strikers Chris Wood and Ashley Barnes also both had chances in the second-half.

BT Sport pundit and former Chelsea and Liverpool midfielder Joe Cole acknowledged the physicality of the Burnley players, but believed Klopp was unfair to the away side.

“He’s putting a seed in there; I didn’t see anything untoward,” said Cole.

“You have to find ways to win, ruffle feathers. I thought the game was played in good spirit today.

“They (Burnley) were aggressive without going over the line. I don’t agree with Jurgen there."

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