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Jurgen Klopp told Sam Allardyce to 'calm down, it's Christmas' as they clashed during Liverpool's win over Sunderland

Published 01/01/2016

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce share a joke before Wednesday's match, but things were rather more heated by the end
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce share a joke before Wednesday's match, but things were rather more heated by the end

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp acted in the role of peacemaker during the touchline row between his staff and the staff of Sunderland, it has been revealed.

The two benches were involved in a heated exchange after Jermaine Lens' strong tackle on Mamadou Sakho late in the Reds' 1-0 win at the Stadium of Light on Wednesday night, with police even having to get involved to calm them.

Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce later claimed that Klopp was a 'soft German' if he believed that Lens' tackle warranted a red card, a comment for which he is not going to face action from the Football Association.

​Klopp shrugged off those comments, stating that it was "absolutely not a problem" and that he had been called "worse" things.

The Times have revealed that Klopp actually sought to diffuse tensions between the benches - telling everybody to "calm down - it's Christmas".

In his post-match press conference Allardyce had complained about "foul and abusive" language directed at him, with The Times reporting that one of Klopp's staff told him to "f****** sit down".

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"There was some foul and abusive language towards my staff that I didn’t like," said Allardyce.

After the end, it was alright though, because we all shook hands and got on with it, which is what you’ve got to do."

Christian Benteke of Liverpool celebrates with team-mates Adam Lallana, Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino of Liverpool during the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Liverpool at Stadium of Light on December 30, 2015 in Sunderland, England. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
Christian Benteke of Liverpool celebrates with team-mates Adam Lallana, Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino of Liverpool during the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Liverpool at Stadium of Light on December 30, 2015 in Sunderland, England. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
Liverpool's English midfielder Jordan Henderson (R) shakes hands with Liverpool's German manager Jurgen Klopp (L) as he leaves the field after being substituted during the English Premier League football match between Sunderland and Liverpool at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland, north east England, on December 30, 2015. AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFF RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 30: Jeremain Lens of Sunderland battles for the ball with Emre Can of Liverpool during the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Liverpool at Stadium of Light on December 30, 2015 in Sunderland, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
Liverpool's German midfielder Emre Can (C) gestures to referee Kevin Friend after a foul for which the referee showed a yellow card during the English Premier League football match between Sunderland and Liverpool at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland, north east England, on December 30, 2015. AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFF RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's German manager Jurgen Klopp (R) hugs Liverpool's Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho (L) as Coutinho leaves the field after being substituted during the English Premier League football match between Sunderland and Liverpool at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland, north east England, on December 30, 2015. AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFF RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's German midfielder Emre Can (L) beats Sunderland's English midfielder Lee Cattermole (R) to a header during the English Premier League football match between Sunderland and Liverpool at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland, north east England, on December 30, 2015. AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFF RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool players crowd around Liverpool's Zaire-born Belgian striker Christian Benteke to celerbate after Benteke scored the opening goal during the English Premier League football match between Sunderland and Liverpool at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland, north east England, on December 30, 2015. AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFF RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's Christian Benteke (right) celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game during the Barclays Premier League match at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday December 30, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Sunderland. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
Liverpool's English midfielder Adam Lallana (back) jumps on the back of Liverpool's Zaire-born Belgian striker Christian Benteke (front) after Benteke scored the opening goal during the English Premier League football match between Sunderland and Liverpool at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland, north east England, on December 30, 2015. AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFF RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 30: Jurgen Klopp, manager of Liverpool looks on before the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Liverpool at Stadium of Light on December 30, 2015 in Sunderland, England. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
Liverpool's Christian Benteke (centre) celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game during the Barclays Premier League match at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday December 30, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Sunderland. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho in action during the Barclays Premier League match at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland. PA
Christian Benteke of Liverpool attempts to shoot at goal under pressure from Sebastian Coates of Sunderland during the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Liverpool at Stadium of Light on December 30, 2015 in Sunderland, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
Liverpool's Zaire-born Belgian striker Christian Benteke (L) is shown a yellow card by referee Kevin Friend during the English Premier League football match between Sunderland and Liverpool at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland, north east England, on December 30, 2015. AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's German manager Jurgen Klopp (R) and Sunderland's English manager Sam Allardyce (L) take their places for the English Premier League football match between Sunderland and Liverpool at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland, north east England, on December 30, 2015. AFP/Getty Images
Jurgen Klopp, manager of Liverpool arrives for the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Liverpool at Stadium of Light on December 30, 2015 in Sunderland, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
Sam Allardyce, manager of Sunderland gives a thumbs up to fans as he arrives for the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Liverpool at Stadium of Light on December 30, 2015 in Sunderland, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 30: a fan poses outside the stadium before the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Liverpool at Stadium of Light on December 30, 2015 in Sunderland, England. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 30: Roberto Firmino of Liverpool arrives for the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Liverpool at Stadium of Light on December 30, 2015 in Sunderland, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 30: Costel Pantilimon of Sunderland arrives for the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Liverpool at Stadium of Light on December 30, 2015 in Sunderland, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 30: Jordan Henderson of Liverpool arrives for the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Liverpool at Stadium of Light on December 30, 2015 in Sunderland, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 30: Alberto Moreno of Liverpool arrives for the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Liverpool at Stadium of Light on December 30, 2015 in Sunderland, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 30: Simon Mignolet of Liverpool arrives for the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Liverpool at Stadium of Light on December 30, 2015 in Sunderland, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Asked to sum up the month of December, Allardyce replied with one word: “Sh**e.”

Speaking at a press conference on Thursday Klopp said of the whole incident: "It's absolutely not a problem; a lot of people have said worse about me.

"Soft German? Yeah, I think it is the first time. [If] you see the situation, you see it again, then you will know that I was not too wrong in judging this.

"[Sakho] is still alive and everything is OK. Situations like this have to be judged differently. I had no arguments with the bench of Sunderland. I've nothing else to say."

Liverpool travel to West Ham United on 2 January.

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