Liverpool head coach Jurgen Klopp has come out to defend his team saying that they’re not arrogant. Frank Lampard said to the media post match that Liverpool as a team is arrogant.
In response to that Klopp said to the Chelsea boss that he needs to learn on how to speak to the media and not talk about whatever occurs on the touchline postmatch.
Lampard criticised Liverpool’s touchline act when they faced off in the Premier League midweek match, which Liverpool ran out 5-3 winners at Anfield. Super Frankie cleared the air on the incident saying he was not furious with Klopp’s conduct, but with the guys on the bench.
This Friday, Jurgen Klopps was asked about what his opinion on Lampard’s words and he said:
“We are not arrogant. Frank was in a competitive mood, I respect that a lot,” Klopp said. “From my point of view, in this situation [mid-match] you can say pretty much what you want… he came here to win the game, or get a point to help with Champions League qualification and I respect that.
“What he has to learn is to finish it with the last whistle and he didn’t do that. Speaking afterwards about it, is not OK. Frank has to learn this, he has a lot of time to learn as he’s a young coach, but he has to learn this.
“We are not arrogant, we are pretty much the opposite. Final whistle, close the book and he didn’t do that and that’s what I don’t like.”
Klopp also added that he would have kept shut and said anything about Lampard, if he wasn’t asked about Frank Lampard’s postmatch comments during Friday’s news conference for Sunday’s game against the Magpies.
“As he spoke afterwards, it makes sense to speak about what I mean,” Klopp added.
Chelsea play host to Wolverhampton Wanderers on Sunday in the last match of the 2019/2020 season, and to qualify for the UEFA champions league they need a point against Wolves. French man N’Golo Kante stands a chance of featuring in the game after he resumed full training on Friday following a hamstring injury.
Already crowned EPL champions Liverpool embark on a trip to St James’ Park on Sunday to play their final game of the campaign to mark a phenomenal 13 months journey in which they have lifted the UEFA Champions League and the English Premier League title.