Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has expressed regret over his confrontation with the match officials during Sunday’s breathtaking victory over Tottenham Hotspur.
The Reds looked to have already settled the clash against Spurs when they raced to a three-goal lead inside the first 15 minutes, but Ryan Mason’s side fought back to draw level in stoppage time through Richarlison.
The Brazilian could not have picked a better time to score his first-ever Premier League goal for Tottenham as he looked to have stolen a point for the Whites.
However, the celebrations did not last long as Diogo Jota pounced on a Lucas Moura error before racing clear to snatch a late 4-3 win for Liverpool.
Despite the dramatic finish to a thrilling encounter, Klopp’s touchline antics overshadowed his side’s victory, with the German tactician told he deserved a red card after an altercation with referee Paul Tierney.
Klopp has since taken responsibility for his actions, saying he expects punishment from the Football Association for his conduct after his side’s last-gasp winning goal.
“We won a football game 4-3 in a very spectacular manner, and the only headlines are the ones I created, and I really regret that – it is absolutely not necessary and not how it should be,” said Klopp (via the Telegraph).
“I have no clue what is happening now. Everyone tells us something will come. I probably have to expect a punishment.
“I think the referees think I questioned the integrity [of their colleague], which when I am calm and sitting here I don’t do, but in the moment I just describe my feelings.”
The 55-year-old then spoke about the referee Tierney who he says has a history of thwarting the Reds when officiating their matches.
“The rest of the things I said were how I felt in that moment about Paul Tierney refereeing our games,” Klopp added.
“I am very sure he is not doing it intentionally, but we have a history, and I cannot deny that.
“I know the refs were really angry about what I said, and go now for it. I heard I was lying. I did a lot of things that day, but I didn’t lie.
“I shouldn’t have said a couple of things, but lying was not one of them.”
Liverpool look to have turned a corner, having won their last four games in a row.
However, their chances of a top-four finish remain slim as they sit seven points behind Manchester United, who have a game in hand.