Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has responded to Jose Mourinho’s remarks about him following Manchester United’s 0-0 draw with Hull City on Wednesday night.
Mourinho has incurred two touchline bans this season for improper conduct towards officials, whilst Klopp’s touchline antics – seen in glaring fashion during Liverpool’s 1-1 draw with Chelsea – have gone completely unpunished.
The 54-year-old, following his side’s draw with Hull, was quick to criticise the apparent double standards applied to himself and Klopp, noting that there were “different rules” for him.
Klopp, speaking ahead of his side’s visit to Hull this weekend, was quick to point out that many managers – including Mourinho – struggle to contain their emotions on the touchline from time to time.
“I have no idea why he spoke about me,” Klopp said.
“It is quite an emotional game and to switch off emotions is not that simple. We struggle – not only myself and Jose, but Arsene Wenger and a lot of other people struggle.”
I can partly understand Mourinho’s frustration here: the Portuguese was, as he testified after the Hull game, told to sit down during the contest with Marco Silva’s side – threatened once again with the prospect of being sent to the stands; Klopp, on the other hand, was lauded by the fourth official for his “passion” on the touchline.
Then again, complaining about double standards and exterior agendas creates unhelpful levels of hysteria from all concerned. Mourinho should perhaps focus instead on addressing his side’s current malaise in front of goal ahead of the visit to Leicester City this Sunday.