Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has revealed that he didn't shake hands with West Brom manager Tony Pulis because he needed time to cool down after the 2-2 draw at Anfield yesterday afternoon.
The charismatic coach was far from pleased throughout proceedings as the Baggies stamped their mark on the game with a number of tough challenges. In fact, Klopp reacted furiously after Dejan Lovren had to be stretchered off following a tackle from Craig Gardner.
It didn't come as a major surprise, then, that Klopp failed to engage with Pulis as the referee blew the full-time whistle. The Liverpool boss has insisted that he usually shakes the hand of his fellow managers, but has admitted that it 'was not a friendly game'.
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As per the Mirror, the Liverpool chief told reporters: “I don’t have the biggest talent to remember things like this.
"I only talk about football. I wanted to go to my team. Do with this [story] what you want. We had some words in the game and sometimes it takes more than a few seconds to cool down. Usually I shake hands. It was not a friendly game.”
Liverpool may well be buoyed by Divock Origi's equaliser, but Klopp clearly still has a number of problems to address over the coming weeks and months.
His side are by no means the finished article and still appear to be defensively vulnerable. They certainly have a great deal of hunger and belief to succeed under their new boss, but there's still work to be done.
It won't be easy for them to secure a place in the top four this season, but they have a realistic chance of doing so. As it stands, the Merseyside outfit are five points behind Manchester United, who sit in fourth position.
But Liverpool's rivals aren't exactly flying right now. Three or four wins on the bounce will see the Reds climb the table immediately.
Liverpool fans: do you expect your side to secure a top four finish? Have your say below!