Sean Dyche hammers Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp for "inappropriate" comments

Burnley manager Sean Dyche has slammed Jurgen Klopp after the Liverpool boss criticised his side’s defensive style by singling out players.

Liverpool defeated the Clarets 2-0 at Anfield on Saturday in an at-times feisty affair which Klopp claimed was going ’10-15 years back’ in time, before labelling Burnley forwards Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood’s tactics as ‘wrestling’.

The Reds manager was angry at the ‘dangerous’ challenges on central defensive pairing Virgil van Dijk and Joel Matip, which he believes the more lenient stance taken by referees in the Premier League this season encouraged.

But Dyche has come to the defence of his players by hitting back at Klopp for making ‘inappropriate’ comments.

Dyche said: “Every manager has the right to have their say, he’s certainly had his.

“My disappointment is he's name-checking players. There's absolutely no need to do that.

“We've got professional players who have worked very hard to get to where they have got.

“The implications of what he said about challenges are wrong. I think it's inappropriate and it's not something I would do myself.

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“My worry is he's questioned that teams shouldn't do everything within the rules to win the game, which we clearly did because there wasn't a single card given out.”

Klopp has been joined by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in questioning the new laws, with the Manchester United boss claiming the new interpretation by referees will lead to more injuries.

However, unlike the German, Solskjaer admitted he is a fan of the more lenient refereeing but insists ‘clear fouls’ should still be given as a Southampton challenge went unpunished in the lead up to the Saints' opening goal on Sunday.

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