Sean Dyche and Jurgen Klopp involved in heated argument after Burnley 1-3 Liverpool

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Following Manchester City’s 2-1 victory over Watford on Tuesday night, Liverpool knew they needed nothing less than a win against Burnley on Wednesday to keep pace.

City’s victory put them temporarily five points clear at the top of the Premier League ahead of Liverpool’s visit to Turf Moor.

And it looked as if that five-point gap would remain when Burnley took the lead in the second-half against a much-changed Liverpool side.

Jurgen Klopp made seven changes to the side that won the Merseyside derby, with the attacking trio of Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino all missing out.

So when Jack Cork put the home side ahead after 54 minutes, it looked as though Liverpool were heading for their first defeat of the season.

However, that lead only lasted eight minutes before James Milner equalised.

The introduction of Salah and Firmino then inspired a Liverpool victory.

Firmino popped up with a goal four minutes after coming on before Salah put the ball on a plate for Xherdan Shaqiri to make it 3-1 in injury-time.

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But the victory didn’t come at a cost.

Defender Joe Gomez was stretchered off with an ankle injury after just 23 minutes and looks set to be sidelined for a while.

It came after a strong sliding tackle from Ashley Westwood and Klopp was clearly irked with the challenge.

It set the tone for the match with Klopp becoming angry with some of Burnley’s tackles.

And that led to an angry exchange between Klopp and Burnley boss Sean Dyche at full-time.


The two managers clashed after the match with Dyche unhappy with Klopp’s constant moaning to referee Stuart Atwell, calling for the Burnley players to be booked for their tackles.

Speaking in his press conference after the incident, Dyche gave little away, stating: "I just said well done".

But Klopp couldn’t hide his frustration at the way Burnley conducted themselves on a wet night at Turf Moor.

"I said to the referee after the first sliding tackle [made] over six or seven yards, when he got the ball and everyone liked it: 'Please, tell them they cannot do that'", said Klopp, per the Liverpool Echo.

"It wasn't a foul but they cannot do that. It's like bowling because then four or five times it happened. Joe is injured and probably not only a little bit.

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"Aggression is a part of football but be careful. Sliding over six or seven yards: these times are over. Usually, someone will not let you do that.

"We all want to win and you can choose different ways but someone needs to say: 'Stop doing that'. Make two more steps and then you are in a normal challenge.

"Don't go five yards before you see the player when the grass is wet. It's unlucky what happened to Joe but the referees have to make sure it doesn't happen consistently. That's not how it should be."

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