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Jurgen Klopp apologises to Tony Pulis and plays down rift

Published 19/12/2015

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp offered an apology to West Brom manager Tony Pulis for his behaviour during and after last weekend's heated encounter.

The pair interacted with each other on a number of occasions during the feisty 2-2 Premier League draw at Anfield and Klopp did not exchange the customary handshake with his opposite number.

Speaking immediately after the match, Klopp said he had not shaken hands because "it was not a friendly game" and also criticised West Brom's style of play.

Pulis clearly was still stewing over the incident when he spoke to the media yesterday and argued Klopp's criticism was to deflect attention from the Reds' failings.

Klopp learned of Pulis' comments just before his press conference ahead of tomorrow's clash with Watford but chose to extend an olive branch.

The German insisted he had simply forgotten to shake hands in the heat of the moment as he went to his players to celebrate their late equaliser.

Klopp said: "I can easily say sorry for everything I said because I am very emotional, I think Tony Pulis is similar, and there were a few words. We were very close together.

"For me it was not a big problem but it was very intense and after the game I wanted to go to my team. I forgot to shake hands. That's all.

"If we meet, it would be no problem to say sorry and to shake hands. I have big respect for his work."

Liverpool will be without James Milner for the Watford game after he sustained a calf injury in training and Dejan Lovren misses out with the knee problem he suffered against WBA.

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