Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has claimed that he clashed with Jurgen Klopp on the touchline during Sunday’s meeting with Liverpool as his opposite number accused him of unsportsmanlike conduct.
The Portuguese came face-to-face with Klopp in the latter stages of the 1-1 draw following an on-field coming together between Roberto Firmino and Ander Herrera that threatened to boil over.
Herrera grabbed his opponent, whose own reaction led to both players entering referee Michael Oliver’s book, but Klopp felt that Mourinho was going out of his way to get Firmino sent off.
Mourinho told reporters after the match: “He thought I was asking for his player to be sent off. I wasn’t. There was no problem at all. I think the game was correct.
“I think the players gave everything but in an emotional and professional way so the referee did very well in that part of the game – emotional and in control of good professionals. There was aggression but it was good so I think it was great publicity for the Premier League all around the world.”
Klopp had a different view, meanwhile, saying: “[Mourinho] wanted the minimum of a yellow card, I don’t know. I think the ref whistled before anything else happened. Roberto is a footballer from head to toe and he wanted to stay in the game. He could have passed the ball but that was a yellow card for Herrera and nothing else.
“In the end it was a yellow card for the guy who wanted to play football. It could have been even worse if someone wants to see it again and all that stuff. Me and [Mourinho] could not have the same opinion in this moment.”
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