With back to back 1-0 victories in the Premier League, Liverpool have slowly climbed up to the 7th place in the points table and are level on points with arch rivals Manchester United at the halfway stage in this season.
They were strong and resilient in their victory against the Black Cats on Wednesday in a game where that was a bit scrappy in the middle. Sam Allardyce with loss will see Sunderland go into the New Year in the drop zone.
The Sunderland manager talking about the match in the post-match press conference branded his counterpart as soft after the duo exchanged words during an incident at the Stadium of Light on Wednesday.
Playing 1-0 down, Jermain Lens who came on as a substitute plunged to a late challenge on Mamadou Sakho who is just back from injury. The tackle looked nothing less than reckless and left Klopp furious on the touchline.
Lens was shown a yellow card for the tackle and Klopp’s animation on the sideline showed that the German was expecting a Red Card for the tackle. However, Sam Allardyce hit back at Klopp and said that Kevin Friend the referee on the night made the right call and also termed Klopp as a soft German in his interview.
“If he thinks that’s a red card, then he’s a soft German. It’s a yellow, a foul,” he said in response to the former Borussia Dortmund coach. “There was some foul and abusive language towards my staff that I didn’t like.”
Klopp said: “Of course. This is a foul. That is not allowed. For me that is a red card, finished.”
However, after all, the altercations in the game it was refreshing to see both the managers shake hands after the final whistle and showed that the two managers moved on from the incident.
Liverpool next face West Ham away from home in the 2nd of a run of 4 away games in all competitions.