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Jurgen Klopp issues demand to referees with “wrestling” blast after Burnley win

Jurgen Klopp saw his Liverpool side beat Burnley at Anfield and then questioned some of football’s rules as he highlighted the need to keep players safe

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Jurgen Klopp has taken issue with some of football’s rules and questioned whether some fans should watch wrestling instead of football.

Diogo Jota and Sadio Mane were both on the scoresheet as Liverpool won an attritional game against Burnley at Anfield, keeping up their 100 per cent start to the season.

The Clarets always pose a difficult task and Klopp admits they were prepared for a “proper fight”.

However some of the challenges made by the likes of Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood saw the Liverpool boss questioning whether safety was being taken into account.

He said on BT Sport: “We had to be ready for a proper fight which we were today in a proper game with challenges from Barnes, Wood, Virgil, Joel. I’m not sure we’re going in the right direction, it’s too dangerous.”



Jurgen Klopp made his feelings known on some of football’s rules




Klopp then questioned how goals like Brentford’s second last weekend, that saw Pontus Jansson linking arms with Arsenal No 1 Bernd Leno, are allowed to stand.

Physicality has always been a vital part of the game, but as player protection becomes a greater issue the Reds boss has also claimed some fans should watch wrestling instead.

He added: “I think all started when we changed the rules 20 years ago to protect the player, you have no influence when you’re in the air, I don’t think it is right.









“You want to let the game flow but we have these situations, the second goal from Brentford must be a foul. You can’t link the arm of the goalie and then say ‘That’s football’.

“There’s one message, let the game flow, nobody knows exactly what that means. I’m not sure.

“I like all the decisions in favour of the offensive team but we have to stick to protecting the players. People saying ‘that’s the challenge, I love watching that’ – well then watch wrestling if you like those kinds of things.”

Joe Cole, himself a former Red, believes Klopp is being harsh with his criticism, claiming Burnley were well within their rights to play in the manner they did.







“He’s very intelligent, it’s unusual, it’s easy for him that was something,” he said. “He’s putting a seed in there, I didn’t see anything untoward. You have to find ways to win, ruffle feathers.

“I thought played it in good spirit today. They were aggressive without going over the line. I don’t agree with Jurgen there.”

Crouch agreed, adding: “I’ve got to disagree, I love him to bits. If Burnley play Liverpool at their own game they get beat four or five. Barnes and Wood have to push Van Dijk and Matip. You have to do different things to unsettle defenders otherwise it’s not going to work for you.”




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