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Jurgen Klopp escalates Sean Dyche row as Liverpool boss takes aim at Burnley chief

Mirror logo Mirror 07/12/2018 David Anderson

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Jurgen Klopp has hit back at Sean Dyche in their war of words, insisting Daniel Sturridge is “not a cheat”.

Burnley boss Dyche responded to Klopp’s complaints about Burnley’s tackling during Liverpool’s win on Wednesday by accusing Sturridge of diving.

He claims Klopp conveniently overlooked Sturridge’s antics to focus on Burnley’s challenges, which he insists were fair.

This has annoyed Klopp, who was upset by Ben Mee’s challenge which has sidelined Joe Gomez for six weeks with a fractured tibia, and he claims Sturridge is no cheat.

The Liverpool boss claims Dyche has also forgotten Phil Bardsley’s nasty challenge on Alberto Moreno. 

“Daniel Sturridge is not a cheat,” said Klopp. “We all have our own aims. What can I say?

“After that game he talked about one situation where a player went down without contact.

“I don’t know how the referee judged it, but it’s a normal situation, which can happen. Sometimes a striker expects a tackle and you try to avoid that by jumping. That’s how it is.

“He (Dyche) brought up another subject, but I’m not sure if he mentioned the challenge of Bardsley on Moreno.

“I said what I had to say about that after the game. Yeah, different opinions are allowed.”

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