Jurgen Klopp has hit out at Frank Lampard for calling the Liverpool bench ‘arrogant’ after their touchline spat at Anfield on Wednesday night.
Chelsea boss Lampard launched an expletive-laden rant at Klopp and his backroom staff, repeatedly telling his counterpart to ‘f*** off’.
Though Klopp said he had no issue with the incident he believes his opposite number has a lot to ‘learn’ after continuing the dispute in his post-match interview.
Jurgen Klopp has spoken about his touchline row with Frank Lampard earlier this week
Footage emerged showing the extent of Frank Lampard’s rant aimed at the Liverpool bench
LAMPARD V KLOPP: WHAT WAS SAID
FL: ‘How is that a foul? There’s no foul there! [To Pep Lijnders] Sit down then’
JK: ‘Calm down, calm down… don’t talk to my No.2…’
FL: ‘No, no, if he’s going off at me, I’ll f****** say something!’
Unknown member of Liverpool bench: ‘It’s still a foul’
FL: ‘It’s not a f****** foul! I’m not asking you. Shut up.’
FL: ‘F*** off you as well! One title you’ve won and you’re f*****g giving it the big ‘un F*** off! [To Lee Mason] Tell them to have respect and sit down.’
LM: ‘Alright, Jurgen’
Klopp said: ‘You cannot hit me with something like that, and my bench, because we are not arrogant. Frank was obviously in a really competitive mood and I respect that a lot.
‘You can pretty much, from my point of view, in a situation like this say what 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 Champions League qualification.
‘What he has to learn is to finish it with the final whistle, and he didn’t do that. Speaking afterwards about it, that’s not okay.
‘Frank has to learn, he has a lot of time to learn, he’s a young coach. During the game, words used, no problem at all. We are not arrogant, we are pretty much the opposite of it.
‘In a moment like this, all arguments, you say something and you want to hurt the other person. That’s how it is 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’s bench ‘crossed the line’ during a blazing row on Wednesday
Lampard was critical of the behaviour of some of Liverpool’s backroom staff after the foul
‘By the way the only reason I speak now about it, is because he spoke afterwards, I think it makes sense to explain what I mean.’
Chelsea boss Lampard has also had his say, accusing the Liverpool bench of ‘crossing the line’.
He said: ‘I’ve seen the video, I was there. In terms of language used, I regret it because I’ve got two young daughters on social media,’ he said in the press conference before the Wolves game on Sunday.
‘In terms of passion to defend my team? No. I could have handled it differently but some of the reports were I was upset with the celebrations. Far from it. They can celebrate like every goal….
‘I’d have had a beer with Jurgen Klopp after the game but there were things on the bench, not from Klopp, that I felt crossed a line. I regret the language but we’ll move on.’
Footage emerged on Thursday which showed the moment the Chelsea boss lost his cool and exploded into a heated, foul-mouthed argument with Jurgen Klopp and the Liverpool bench, repeatedly telling his counterpart to ‘f*** off’.
The confrontation arose following a Chelsea foul which led to Liverpool’s second goal, but there will be no punishment forthcoming from Chelsea for Lampard.
After the game, Lampard accused Liverpool of being ‘arrogant’, telling Sky Sports: ‘I’ve got no problem with Jurgen Klopp, he has managed this team and it is fantastic.
Jurgen Klopp repeatedly asked Lampard to calm down as the Chelsea boss flew off the handle
Lampard and Klopp did go on to shake hands after the final whistle on Merseyside
‘Some of the bench, it is a fine line between when you are winning and they have won the league, fair play to Liverpool Football Club but also don’t get too arrogant with it. In matchplay you get emotional and that is it.’
With his side trailing at Anfield following Naby Keita’s opener, Lampard saw the red mist descend when a foul was given on the edge of the Chelsea area.
The Blues boss immediately began to boil over at the referee’s decision, and responded immediately after hearing murmurings from the Liverpool section of the dug-out.
‘How is that a foul? There’s no foul there,’ Lampard shouted, taking steps towards Liverpool boss Klopp before the fourth official intervened.
‘Sit down then,’ Lampard could be heard barking at the German, before getting more irate as Klopp gestured a calm down motion with his outstretched arms.
Lampard then turned his attention to Liverpool’s No.2 Pep Lijnders, as Klopp could be heard slowly repeating: ‘calm down, calm down.’
‘If he’s going off at me I’ll f****** say something,’ Lampard appeared to reply sharply to Klopp, while pointing an outstretched arm towards the seated Lijnders.