Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has hit back at Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce, who called him “a soft German” after the Merseysiders’ 1-0 win at the Stadium of Light.
Klopp believed Sunderland’s Jeremain Lens should have been sent off rather than booked for a wild challenge on Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho.
And he told a news conference ahead of his side’s visit to West Ham: “The Hammers: maybe it’s more my second name than ‘soft’.
“It’s absolutely not a problem. A lot of people have said worse things about me, so it’s not a problem. ‘Soft German’ — I think that’s the first time it’s said about me, so it’s cool.
“I think if you see the situation again, then you know I was not too wrong in judging this.
“Mama is still alive and everything is OK. But in my opinion, situations like this have to be judged differently to other things. So if you compare yellow cards in the game and think: ‘OK, this is yellow — then what’s this?’
“That’s all I want to say. But I have no arguments with the bench of Sunderland.”
The win at the Stadium of Light gave goalkeeper Simon Mignolet his 16th Premier League clean sheet of 2015, the highest of any top-flight keeper, and Klopp reiterated his faith in the Belgian.
Mignolet is expected to sign a contract extension in the coming weeks, and his manager said: “I am really satisfied with Simon.
“I can only say this as often as [people] ask, and next day someone will write ‘500 goalkeepers all over the world and we are interested’. No — I said this once or twice before — you can write what you want, but in the end I am fine with our goalies.”