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Jurgen Klopp Criticised For Touchline Behaviour Towards Fourth Official

Gavin Cooney
By Gavin Cooney
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Jurgen Klopp's Charismatic German shtick has given way in recent weeks. A January which has seen just one win in nine games - and that a replay win away to Plymouth which preceded the 2-1 defeat to Wolves -  has seen Klopp more agitated than he has been at any stage in his Liverpool career.

He spent much of tonight's 1-1 draw with Chelsea gesticulating angrily at referee Mark Clattenburg, saving the angriest reaction for his awarding of a late penalty to Diego Costa, a decision with which he emphatically disagreed.

Simon Mignolet bailed Liverpool out by guessing correctly and keeping out Costa's penalty, meaning he has now saved six of the fourteen penalties he has faced as Liverpool's 'keeper.

When it was saved, Klopp got in the fourth official's face, and it was all pretty unpleasant.

Here's the moment:

Jurgen Klopp Fourth Official 

Klopp explained it afterward, and the fourth official came across as a man with a remarkable level of patience.


It is behaviour reminiscent of his infamous snarl at a fourth official in the Champions League against Napoli:



Klopp was criticised online for his behaviour:

Klopp didn't direct his anger solely at officials, however. During the first-half, he turned towards the stands betraying anger in the first-half:

He explained this moment, too:

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