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Sean Dyche, left, and Jurgen Klopp did not see eye to eye over Burnley’s tackling (Nigel French/PA).

Sean Dyche hits back at Jurgen Klopp claiming Burnley's tackling was fair in defeat to Liverpool

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Sean Dyche came out fighting in response to Jurgen Klopp’s criticism of Burnley’s tackling.

Klopp was unhappy with the Clarets’ sliding tackles during his side’s 3-1 victory at Turf Moor on Wednesday and revealed he asked referee Stuart Atwell to curb the challenges despite accepting they were not fouls.

Joe Gomez suffered a potentially serious injury in a challenge by Ben Mee but Dyche commended his players for their tackling, citing a Phil Bardsley challenge on Albert Moreno, which was not given as a foul, as the only dubious one.

He said of Klopp’s remarks: “I was a little bit confused. I think he said there was a sliding tackle from some distance that everyone liked and it was a good tackle but you’re not allowed to do that tackle.

“There were some excellent tackles last night. I think the only one that was questionable was Bardo’s. I think Ben Mee’s was a fantastic tackle, and I think Gomez realised that. That was the messages we got after. We send him our best if there is any injury but it’s not from a bad tackle.

Dyche compared Klopp’s attitude with that of the Liverpool team he watched as a boyhood Reds’ fan, and also accused Daniel Sturridge of a first-half dive.

“It’s funny, he didn’t reference Daniel Sturridge’s cheating,” said the Burnley boss, who again played down an apparent verbal joust with Klopp following the final whistle. 

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“I watched Liverpool as a kid and was a Liverpool fan growing up and they had a fantastic side of skill, will, demand and a physical edge.

“If that has gone, or the suggestion is you’re not allowed to make those tackles that our lads made last night, and it’s been replaced by cheating, I absolutely am happy to be old-fashioned.

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Dyche believes his side are subject to lazy stereotypes and that a lack of physicality has been one of the reasons they have struggled this season.

“I think year on year we’ve been very low on bookings, sendings-off, and the like, so we can’t be that physical,” he said. “Last week we had the long ball thing against Newcastle; we had 478 passes. 

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“I don’t remember getting beaten by Man City and saying, ‘Well they were a disgrace, they had 800 passes, they shouldn’t be allowed to do that’. There’s different ways of playing. You’ve got to try to win a game, and it’s very, very difficult for us at the moment quite obviously.”

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