Jurgen Klopp has slammed Burnley manager Sean Dyche as the latter accused Liverpool forward Daniel Sturridge of cheating.
Liverpool registered a comeback victory over Burnley as they moved within two points of Manchester City. But the game saw a number of rough tackles as Liverpool huffed and puffed to see out the match.
Joe Gomez was the receiving end of a strong tackle from Ben Mee and the defender had to be stretchered off the pitch. He now will be on the sidelines for up to six weeks.
Dyche alleged Sturridge fell on the ground too easily and there was no contact from any player. But Klopp has come out in defence of his player.
“Daniel Sturridge is no cheat. I think what Sean tried to do there is to bring up another subject so somebody could speak about that. I’m not sure if he spoke about the challenge of Bardsley on Alberto Moreno. We all have our own interests and aims.
It’s just a shame for the boy
“For us of course as well. He was in outstanding shape, he helped us a lot and especially because we could make these changes with Trent [Alexander-Arnold] and Joe and that was really important because Trent is still a young boy and we cannot push through 20 games in a row.
He would probably say it’s possible but I think it’s responsible that we have a little eye on that. Together with Virgil, he improved so much … It is a bit lucky because it could have been worse.”