Skip navigation
Sign up to follow your favorites on all your devices.
Sign up
NBCSports Header Logo

Following Lens tackle incident, Allardyce calls Klopp “soft German”

Sunderland v Liverpool - Premier League

SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 30: Jurgen Klopp manager of Liverpool reacts during the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Liverpool at The Stadium of Light on December 30, 2015 in Sunderland, England. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty images)

Getty Images

Jurgen Klopp was furious with a Jermain Lens tackle on Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho in the 1-0 win over Sunderland on Wednesday. So furious police had to restrain Klopp from making his way towards Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce.

Allardyce after the match said “he’s a soft German if [he thinks] that’s a red card. It’s a yellow, it’s a foul. I didn’t think there was much in it. There was some foul and abusive language [from Klopp] towards my staff that I didn’t like.”

Well, that was quite funny Klopp, certainly a lot funnier than the Lens tackle. “Maybe ‘hammer’ is more my second name than ‘soft,’” Klopp said jokingly. “It’s absolutely not a problem. A lot of people have said worse things about me. Soft German, I think it’s the first time somebody said this about me, so [that’s] cool.”

He wasn’t as entertained with the tackle by Lens, which resulted in an 86th minute yellow card for the Dutchman.

“If you see the situation again then you know that I was not too wrong in judging this moment,” Klopp said of the incident. “Mama is still alive and everything is OK but, in my opinion, situations like this had to be judged differently than other things. If you compare yellow cards in a game and think: ‘this is yellow’, then what’s this? That’s all I want to say. But I had no arguments with the bench of Sunderland.”

Follow @the_bonnfire