The 1-0 victory at the Stadium of Light saw the Sunderland and the Liverpool benches start a fight after a dangerous tackle by Jermain Lens on Mamadou Sakho. Lens plunged into a tackle that seemed reckless and the referee produced only a yellow card that left the travelling bench furious.
Sam Allardyce later claimed that Jurgen Klopp was a ‘Soft German’ asking for a red card for that tackle and it is now understood that the Sunderland manager might be in trouble for his comments from the Football Association.
The two benches were involved in a heated exchange after the tackle with even the police having to get involved to calm things down. However, it is now revealed that the German manager tried to act as a peacemaker in the situation.
The Times has reported that Jurgen Klopp who shrugged off Allardyce’s comments by saying that he was called ‘worse’ things, sought to diffuse the tensions between the benches telling everyone to “Calm Down- It’s Christmas”.
In the post-match press conference, Allardyce said “There was some foul and abusive language towards my staff that I didn’t like,”
“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.”
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.”
The whole saga might land Sam Allardyce in trouble even as his team is in the midst of a relegation battle. They will face an extremely important game against Aston Villa this weekend while Klopp’s men travel to the Upton Park to take on the Hammers.