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KLOPP FUMES WATCH: Jurgen Klopp's explosive clash with a BT Sport reporter as his war of words with Chris Wilder continues


Jurgen Klopp did not hold back after Liverpool dropped points in their latest lunchtime kick-off (Neil Hall/PA)

Jurgen Klopp did not hold back after Liverpool dropped points in their latest lunchtime kick-off (Neil Hall/PA)

Jurgen Klopp did not hold back after Liverpool dropped points in their latest lunchtime kick-off (Neil Hall/PA)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp struggled to control his anger after his side conceded a late penalty in a 1-1 draw at Brighton, with BT Sport and Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder in his line of fire.

Klopp struggled to contain his frustration as his side allowed a lead to slip once again, with the Liverpool boss reopening the debate over the scheduling of fixtures.

The Liverpool boss is fuming with BT Sport for asking Liverpool to play in the 12.30 Saturday lumchtime slot after Champions League matches and he suggested the broadcaster was partly to blame for James Milner's hamstring injury at Brighton.

When BT Sport touchline reporter Des Kelly asked about Milner's injury, Klopp responded sarcastically: "Yeah, congratulations."

Kelly then defended the position of his company before Klopp expanded on his ongoing complaints about the timing of TV matches after European games.

"I don’t know how often I have to say it, you pick us for 12:30 kick-offs," continued Klopp. "I just say how it is. 12:30 after Wednesday is really dangerous for the Premier League players."

Klopp then claimed Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder was among those who blocked Premier League plans to introduce a rule for five substitutes to be permitted during a game.

"When we had the talk between the managers a week ago, it was 55%, if not 60%, for five subs, but since then nothing happened," he added.

"Chris Wilder or whoever, constantly say I’m selfish. I think all the things show that he’s selfish but that’s not too important. I was in a similar situation as he is when I worked at Mainz – all about staying in the league.

"If we have five subs today I take off Robbo for Kostas to save him. It’s not for tactics, it’s to save the players. It’s for all players. You will it from now on till December. We will see."

He continued his complaint about substitutes in his post-match press conference as he added: "The most difficult time is coming up now. For Sheffield United as well, by the way. We will see.

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"I can explain it one last time: in this period we are now in, five subs is not for tactical changes. And if ever one coach has the luck to use it for tactical changes, that would be the exception.

"If we would have had five subs today then Andy Robertson I would have taken off, 100 per cent; I had Kostas Tsimikas on the bench, so he can play 15/20 minutes.

"So, we don’t have a lot of options in the moment – we have, but they’re all offensive – so you can just bring them all through the season. It’s not the solution, but it’s a little help. That’s all.

"Whatever Chris Wilder says, I don’t speak only about Liverpool – he speaks only about Sheffield United, that’s true. He admitted that in the managers’ meeting, but I speak about football players."

Klopp was responding to Wilder's public comments on the issue, which clearly annoyed the Liverpool boss.

"He’s a world-class manager and a world-class politician, who cares about Liverpool. That’s all he cares about," said Wilder.

"He was never going to say what about Sheffield United getting their fans back in or Newcastle or Man City or Man United or anybody else. He’s a world-class politician.

"I know his background on support and how much Anfield has been a fortress. The Liverpool support is magnificent, I know it is because my old man is from that part of the world.

"I know he’s been vocal on that and Jurgen isn’t going to say it’s not right that they can have fans in as they’re in tier two and Sheffield United, Leeds, Manchester and all the rest of the north are not allowed in.

"Cards on the table, he’s going to look after his own club, but I’m bothered about Sheffield United and it doesn’t help us to have five subs."

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