‘You would probably do the same’ – Moyes defends Klopp’s touchline antics as Liverpool manager faces ban

January 15, 2023 0 By JohnValbyNation

Liverpool got back to winning ways against Man City this weekend, but Jurgen Klopp has come under fire for his touchline antics.

The Liverpool manager was shown a red card after his outburst towards the linesman. Klopp was unhappy with a decision after Bernardo Silva brought down Mohamed Salah.

Klopp has been heavily scrutinised following his outburst, but West Ham manager David Moyes has jumped to his defence.

Moyes explained (via Liverpool Echo): “First thing I say is I hope he is in the opposite [dugout] because part of this job is you want to go and play against the best and you want to compete against them and Jurgen is up there with them all for what he has done with Liverpool over the years.”

Liverpool take on West Ham on Wednesday night and Klopp may face a touchline ban after he was sent off.

The Football Association will make a final decision on Klopp’s punishment once the referee’s report has been assessed.

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Moyes added: “His actions are part of it and he was really heated but if you were in that position on Sunday you would probably do the same.

“But we’ve all got great respect for referees and the work they have to do. I hope, in their way, they will understand that for 90 minutes or a bit longer we can sometimes lose our heads here and there a little bit.

“If we keep talking about it and keep bringing it to attention then we keep having to answer the questions. But if you don’t ask us any questions about the referees or talk to us about them, then we try to forget about it.

“I don’t think you should really be asking me a question about Jurgen Klopp because I can’t speak for Jurgen Klopp. But if you ask me a question about managers then I am really keen to talk to you about that.

“For 90 minutes or a bit longer it becomes an emotional game and maybe sometimes you can change your character from what your true character is.

“I think if we stood there and did nothing then our supporters, the public, you [the media] would probably be questioning why not? And actually, if you look at the incident that he got angry about, then he was correct wasn’t he?”

Liverpool will take on West Ham on Wednesday evening and will be looking for consecutive Premier League wins.

Klopp’s side currently find themselves eighth in the table and six points off the top four.

West Ham have gathered some momentum in recent weeks and could prove to be a tough test for Liverpool.

A win for David Moyes’ side would see them leapfrog Liverpool in the table.

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