Burnley boss Sean Dyche slams Jurgen Klopp after Liverpool chief called his players ‘wrestlers’ in post-match rant

SEAN DYCHE refused to lie down and instead slammed Jurgen Klopp after the Liverpool boss called Burnley's players 'wrestlers'.

Klopp's side earned a 2-0 win at Anfield on Saturday to maintain their 100 per cent start to the new season.

But he singled out strikers Chris Wood and Ashley Barnes for particular criticism after some of their challenges on Liverpool defenders Virgil van Dijk and Joel Matip.

Klopp said: “I like decisions that favour the offensive team, that’s fine. But we have to stick to protecting the players.

“We cannot deny that. If you like that sort of thing, watch wrestling.”

However, Clarets boss Dyche defended his men as he responded to the comments.

He said: "My main disappointment actually is not a view of the game – I think every manager, every coach, every pundit, every fan has a view of the game.

"My disappointment is he is name-checking players – there is absolutely no need to do that.


"His comments are what they are. That's not up to me. (People can) use whatever words they wish to describe whatever they wish, and see fit to do so.

"We have professional players who have worked very, very hard in their careers to get to where they have got to.

"The implication of them being untoward in some of their challenges I think is wrong, I think it's inappropriate."

Referee chief Mike Riley has instructed his officials to 'let the game flow' more this season rather than penalising 'trivial offences'.


Dyche added: "My overview would be, I'm not worried about protection of players, because I think players get protected to a level that is unbelievable in my history of the game – and rightly so in some cases, I must say.

"My worry is that he is questioning that a team shouldn't do everything they can to win a game within the laws – which we clearly did, because there wasn't a single card.

“You have a referee of some 800, 900 games Mike Dean who didn’t book anyone."

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