Jurgen Klopp was visibly upset that West Bromwich Albion didn’t water the pitch at half-time in their match against Liverpool on Saturday.
And his frustrations boiled over into his interview at full-time, when the German fired a dig at the Baggies’ impending relegation to the Championship.
Klopp was frustrated after watching his team throw away a 2-0 lead to draw 2-2, late goals from Jake Livermore and Salomon Rondon denying the Reds from their third victory in a row.
“I wasn't happy the pitch. You have never played football, obviously,” Klopp said in his post-match interview. “It makes a massive difference.
“If the pitch is dry you can't really pass the ball more than three or four yards. That's for all teams in the world, if you play football.
“If you do it like West Brom, constantly in the air, you don't need a wet pitch.
“That's how it is. We have to deal with that and they can play football with a dry pitch next year in the Championship.”
It seems an overly harsh comment to make but then again, Klopp did have to watch as Ahmed Hegazi went unpunished for punching Danny Ings in the second half.
Credit should go to Darren Moore, West Brom’s caretaker boss who has improved the atmosphere at The Hawthorns.
Moore is unbeaten in his three matches in charge of the club and many think he deserves the job on a permanent basis, regardless of which division West Brom are playing in next season.
Indeed, the 43-year-old showed he might be ready to make the step up with a great response to Klopp’s complaints.
"It wasn't a ploy, it was a hot day! It was a really hot day today,” Moore said, per West Brom reporter Matt Wilson.
“I was so engrossed in the game and the preparation side, my focus wasn't about the pitch believe it or not."
It’s been a miserable season for West Brom, who sacked Alan Pardew at the start of April, but Moore has given the club’s fans something to cheer with Saturday’s comeback and the recent win at Manchester United.
It seems to be a matter of when their relegation to the Championship is confirmed, though.
The Baggies sit rooted to the bottom of the table on 25 points, eight fewer than 17th-placed Swansea.
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