There was no love lost between Jurgen Klopp and Marcelino during last night’s Europa League semi-final second leg between Liverpool and Villarreal.
The managers rowed on the touchline during the first half and couldn’t even settle their differences by full-time.
Marcelino was critical of Klopp in his post-game press conference, claiming the German went “too far” as he celebrated Liverpool’s three goals.
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And fans saw a rare side of the Liverpool boss as he hit back with his own, rather personal, insult.
Clearly, the pair won’t be exchanging Christmas cards this year.
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Marcelino started the slanging match by declaring: “Klopp is who he is. A great coach, but in the regards to the rest, I won’t keep it to myself - I wouldn’t want to be like him,” per ESPN FC. “Today, he went too far with his celebrations.
Really, Marcelino? So how do you explain this celebration after Adrian Lopez’s 92nd-minute winner in last week’s first leg, posted by LiverpoolGifs?
Klopp retorted: “I would not be like him one second in my life -- and he is a great manager."
Ouch. Look out, Mourinho and Wenger. There’s a new managerial rivalry in town.
Marcelino wasn't happy with the referee
The former Borussia Dortmund boss had the last laugh as his side progressed to the Europa League final with a convincing 3-0 win.
Villarreal’s Bruno Soriano scored an own goal, levelling the tie on aggregate, before goals from Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana booked a meeting with Sevilla in the final.
The Villarreal boss accused referee Viktor Kassai of favouring the home team, a view that probably won’t be shared by even the most ardent Villarreal followers.
He was especially upset with the decision to send off Victor Ruiz after the defender picked up two yellow cards.
“In the context of this game the referee was letting a lot go so to then see a sending-off you make your own conclusions," Marcelino said. "I don't think the refereeing was quite equal for both sides."
Marcelino: Liverpool didn't create too many chances
The Spaniard added: "Things didn't work out how we had planned them. It hit us hard conceding that early goal, it was a hammer blow.
"It was tough against an opponent who played with a huge amount of intensity, maybe on the margins of the rules at times but it was allowed.
"Liverpool played better than us but for all their superiority they didn't create too many chances.
"When we got to the sending off it was pretty much game over by then.”
Clearly, Marcelino isn’t the most honourable of losers. Liverpool had 25 shots, according to the BBC; Klopp’s team didn’t have any problems creating chances.
He’ll have another opportunity to win the Europa League next season, but the thought of watching Klopp lift the trophy in Basel in two weeks’ time must be destroying Marcelino.