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Sean Dyche Hits Back at Jurgen Klopp's "Inappropriate Comments" After Liverpool-Burnley Clash

Klopp singled out three Burnley players, accusing them of rough play
Klopp singled out three Burnley players, accusing them of rough play / Visionhaus/Getty Images

Burnley boss Sean Dyche has hit out at Jurgen Klopp's comments after the Liverpool boss singled out his players and accused them of "playing rough".

The German was unhappy with Burnley's physicality in his side's 2-0 win at Anfield, and named Ashley Barnes, Chris Wood, and Josh Brownhill when venting his frustration.

Dyche was unhappy with Klopp's comments, and said: "My disappointment is he's name-checking players. There's absolutely no need to do that. We've got professional players who have worked very hard to get to where they have got.

"The implications of what he said about challenges are wrong. I think it's inappropriate and it's not something I would do myself. My worry is he's questioned that teams shouldn't do everything within the rules to win the game, which we clearly did because there wasn't a single card given out."

Speaking after the game, Klopp warned teams like Burnley would turn the Premier League into "wrestling" if referees failed to protect players. "You always have to be ready for a proper fight but today was really tough. You saw these challenges with (Ashley) Barnes, (Chris) Wood, (Josh) Brownhill." said Klopp.

"I'm not 100 per cent sure if we're going in the right direction with these decisions. It's not like the football we want to see. We want to avoid these situations. It started when we changed the rules 10 years ago to protect the players on the pitch. We want to let the let the game flow, but we have situations where it must be a foul.

"There's no fouls any more? I'm not sure. I like all decisions in favour of the offensive team like offside but we have to stick to protect the players. We can't deny that. Watch wrestling if you like those things."