West Brom winger James McClean has hit out at Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, branding the German boss “an idiot.”
The Republic of Ireland star was giving an interview in the wake of a hard fought 2-2 draw at Anfield last Sunday where the Reds boss celebrated in a much debated flamboyant style following the last gasp equaliser from Divock Origi.
Jurgen Klopp also didn’t care to shake West Brom manager Tony Pulis’ hand after his boys had claimed a late point in the last league encounter.
The match saw Klopp loose his Croatian defender Dejan Lovren who was stretchered off the pitch following a harsh challenge by Craig Gardner.
The German was quite angry when asked about Pulis at the weekend: “No. I didn’t see him after the game. I can’t say anything, because I only talk about football.
“Maybe I can’t remember — I’m not the best, with the biggest talent to remember things like this.”
McClean, who played the full 90 minutes at Anfied, later took a dig at Klopp as he was quoted by Liverpool Echo as saying: “I’ve got a lot of respect for the man because he done a great job at Dortmund. But I think he is a bit of an idiot to be honest on the game on Sunday. Win, lose or draw you have got to be respectful.”
Lovren eventually left Anfield on crutches last Sunday, which gave rise to further speculations of a possible cruciate ligament injury; but later doctors confirmed his injury is not as serious as suggested before. Also Croatia’s official team doctor, Dr. Nemec, have contacted Liverpool’s medical department to inform that there is “no structural damage” to the former Southampton defender’s knee, and that he will be ready to train again after 2-3 weeks. That means the Croatian defender will certainly miss league fixtures against Watford and Leicester.
However, Mamadou Sakho is fully fit to play the next fixture as the central defender joined full training with his team-mates and even played a practise match yesterday.
Liverpool are right now sitting ninth in the Premier League table and their next league encounter against Watford on Sunday.