Jurgen Klopp has slammed Frank Lampard for calling the Liverpool bench ‘arrogant’ after they spat on the sideline at Anfield on Wednesday night.
Chelsea boss Lampard launched a swearing rant against Klopp and his staff behind the scenes, repeatedly telling his counterpart to ‘f *** off’.
Although Klopp has said he had no issues with the incident, he believes his counterpart has a lot to ‘learn’ after pursuing the dispute in his post-match interview.
Jurgen Klopp opened up about his sideline with Frank Lampard earlier this week
Images have emerged showing the extent of Frank Lampard’s rant aimed at the Liverpool bench
LAMPARD V KLOPP: WHAT HAS BEEN SAID
FL: “How is this a fault? There is no fault there! [To Pep Lijnders] Sit down then ‘
JK: ‘Calm down, calm down… don’t talk to my # 2…’
FL: “No, no, if he comes after me, I’ll tell you something!”
Unknown member of the Liverpool bench: ‘It’s always a fault’
FL: “This is not fucking bullshit! I’m not asking you. Shut up.’
FL: ‘F *** off you too! A title you’ve won and you’re f ***** g giving it the big ‘an F *** off! [To Lee Mason] Tell them to have respect and to sit down.
LM: “Very well, Jurgen”
Klopp said: “You can’t hit me with something like that, and my bench, because we’re not arrogant. Frank was obviously in a very competitive mood and I respect that a lot.
“You can pretty much, from my point of view, in a situation like this say whatever you want. But after the game, it’s completely over.
“I’ve said a lot in the past, and because it’s pure emotion, we’re really involved, he came here for a win to make sure he qualifies for the Champions League.
“What he needs to learn is to end it with the final whistle, and he didn’t. Talking about it after that is wrong.
“Frank has to learn, he has a lot of time to learn, he’s a young coach. During the game, the words used, no problem. We are not arrogant, we are pretty much the opposite.
“In a moment like this, all the arguments, you say something and you want to hurt the other person. It’s like that in arguments, no problem with that. Final whistle, close the book. He didn’t do that and that’s what I don’t like.
Frank Lampard insists Liverpool bench ‘crossed the line’ in heated argument on Wednesday
Lampard criticized the behavior of some of Liverpool’s backstage staff after the foul
“By the way, the only reason I’m talking about it now is because he spoke afterwards, I think it makes sense to explain what I mean. “
Chelsea boss Lampard also had his say, accusing the Liverpool bench of ‘crossing the line’.
He said: “I saw the video, I was there. In terms of the language used, I regret it because I have two young daughters on social media, ”he said at the press conference ahead of the Wolves game on Sunday.
“In terms of passion for defending my team? No, I could have handled it differently, but some of the reports were that I was mad at the celebrations. Far from there. They can celebrate like every goal …
I would have had a beer with Jurgen Klopp after the game, but there were things on the bench, not Klopp, that I could feel cross a line. I regret the language but we will move on.
Footage was released on Thursday, showing the moment the Chelsea boss lost his temper and exploded into a heated and rude row with Jurgen Klopp and the Liverpool bench, repeatedly telling his counterpart to ‘f * ** off ”.
The showdown came following a foul by Chelsea which led to Liverpool’s second goal, but there will be no Chelsea penalty for Lampard.
After the game Lampard accused Liverpool of being ‘arrogant’, telling Sky Sports: “I have no problem with Jurgen Klopp, he led this team and it’s fantastic.
Jurgen Klopp repeatedly asked Lampard to calm down as Chelsea boss flew from the grip
Lampard and Klopp continued to shake hands after the final whistle on Merseyside
“Some of the benches, it’s a fine line between when you win and they win the league, Liverpool Football Club fair play, but don’t be too pushy with that. In matchplay you get emotional and that’s it.
As his side lagged behind at Anfield after Naby Keita’s opener, Lampard saw the red haze descend when a foul was made on the edge of the Chelsea area.
The Blues boss immediately started to boil over the referee’s decision and responded immediately after hearing whispers from the Liverpool section of the dugout.
“How is this a fault? There is no foul there, ”shouted Lampard, taking action towards Liverpool boss Klopp before the fourth official stepped in.
“Sit down then,” Lampard heard bark at the German, before becoming more irritated as Klopp made a calm gesture with his arms outstretched.
Lampard then turned his attention to Liverpool No.2 Pep Lijnders as Klopp could be heard repeating slowly: ‘Calm down, calm down’.
“If he’s laughing at me, I’ll tell you something,” Lampard appeared to respond sharply to Klopp, while pointing an outstretched arm at the seated Lijnders.