Klopp criticized some of the challenges a few Burnley players had in his side’s 2-0 win over the Clarets at Anfield on Saturday.
The Reds boss claimed after the game that the Premier League’s new directive to allow games to run more freely requires further discussion.
Klopp also called for extra protection for players from officials to avoid the risk of injury, while Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer also made the same plea 24 hours later.
But now, reacting to the comments made by the two managers, Shearer believes the pair were massively wrong.
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“The Premier League is back, the fans are back and our great English pantomime too, with managers hijacking and insinuating, pushing and testing all over the place as they look for marginal gains,” he wrote for The Athletic.
“That explains the story from last weekend because football so far has been good, smooth and fast. There haven’t been any thugs I’ve seen, no horrible tackles, no “rugby”.
Before the ex-Newcastle United man continued: “After Liverpool beat Burnley at Anfield, Jurgen Klopp called attention to the clash between Chris Wood and Ashley Barnes and his own defenders, Virgil van Dijk and Joel Matip and said: “Watch the fight if you like that sort of thing. Maybe the idea this season is to let the game flow, he continued, but “we have to stick to protecting the players”. It is “too dangerous” and “we have the impression of going back 10-15 years”. No more nonsense.
“The beauty of the Premier League is that success takes many forms, just like football itself. For Liverpool and Manchester United the success might be winning the trophy, but for Burnley or Norwich City, say, it’s more about winning another season there. To do either, you will be given different problems to solve. How to fight against the fluid glow of Manchester City? And how do you counteract the tenacity of Burnley, the energy of Leeds United and so on?
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“To date Sean Dyche has a net spend of around £ 4million this summer. The runaway champions City have shelled out £ 100million on Jack Grealish. Burnley can’t take on the big boys at their own game; Dyche’s budget dictates the kind of talent and character he can bring to his club. As he said himself, “All I ask of our players is to play tough but fair, to play hard, to play like you want to win. This is Burnley’s version of the success.
Shearer then added, “We have to protect some form of physicality. You can’t have contactless football. There are going to be fouls, accidents are going to happen and you will have injuries, unfortunately, but it’s an elite sport played at lightning speed and it’s the compromises you make. I’ll say it again, I’m glad the hack from behind was banned (I would have less scarring if it had been done earlier), but the art of playing and winning matches is manifold.
“What often does City do when they concede possession or the opposition is on hiatus? What is Liverpool doing in similar circumstances? They make mistakes and that’s a deliberate tactic.
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“At the same time, Van Dijk likes physical challenges and very few forwards have won in this department. Without their imposing center-backs, Liverpool struggled last season. All the best teams always need power and know when to use it.
“I didn’t see anything untoward in the Liverpool game and nothing to justify Klopp saying what he did. I certainly disagreed with Ole’s comments about Southampton and “rugby”; the manager should be more concerned with the important reasons why his team didn’t perform better than screaming for a free kick that has never, ever been in a million years. Jack Stephens did a good, strong and successful challenge on Bruno Fernandes. There was no decision to make.
“The flow Klopp talked about?” It’s only the beginning, but the game has been much better over the past two weeks. Nothing and no one is perfect and Newcastle have arguably been tough with some big decisions, but it was a big improvement over the stop-start nature of last season, when it took way too long for the officials render judgment. A higher bar has been set for fouls and rightly so too.
“So where are Ole and Klopp going?” Who are they talking to? This is what Sir Alex has been doing for years, crouching down for the next game and the games after, pointing out the “mistakes” that had not been made, saying: “Oh, we can’t allow any more. that, ”putting a little bit of pressure on the referees and trying to get an advantage. The next time there is a 50/50, there might be something in the referee’s head, even buried deep in the subconscious. Pantomime, pure and simple.