Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp came under scrutiny for his touchline antics and post-match comments on referee Paul Tierney following last month’s dramatic 4-3 victory over Tottenham Hotspur.
The Reds had raced to an emphatic three-goal lead inside the opening 15 minutes, but Ryan Mason’s side rallied to a stunning comeback, with Richarlison grabbing an equaliser late in the game.
Tensions flared on the touchline after Richarlison’s header crept in, but Liverpool ultimately had the last laugh, with Diogo Jota grabbing a stoppage-time winner.
However, Klopp took his celebrations too far by running up to the fourth official John Brooks, which earned him a yellow card without any formal charges.
His post-match comments against on-field referee Tierney did not help matters, with the German tactician openly criticising the match official, suggesting bias against his side.
Klopp apologised to Tierney, but the Liverpool boss was still handed a two-match ban for improper conduct.
Agbonlahor’s needless rant shows why he shouldn’t be taken seriously
Klopp is famous for his sometimes unwarranted touchline antics, and his display against Spurs rightly earned him a booking.
However, talkSPORT pundit Gabriel Agbonlahor thinks the caution wasn’t enough punishment.
The former Aston Villa player claimed Klopp deserved a longer ban and a bigger fine for running up to the fourth official during his overly emphasised celebrations.
However, Agbonlahor’s comments should be taken with a giant bucket of salt, and his say on the Klopp matter should tell you why.
Klopp’s antics deserved a yellow – that much was confirmed by the official, and he was penalised for it.
But the German’s ban was for his uncouth post-match comments suggesting bias from the referee, which were out of order.
Agbonlahor’s ill-informed suggestions were uncalled for but typical of a ‘pundit’ whose opinions are nothing more than broadcast ‘click-bait’.