Nearly a week on since West Brom’s 2-2 draw against Liverpool, the feud between the two clubs continues.
It all started when Craig Gardner made a tackle on Liverpool’s Dejan Lovren, forcing the defender to be stretchered off. After the challenge, Klopp and Pulis got into a bit of an argument on the touchline.
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After the match, Klopp did not shake hands with Pulis, which led to West Brom winger James McClean calling the Liverpool boss “an idiot.”
Klopp would go on to criticize West Brom’s style of play, saying the Baggies “only played long balls.” Today, Pulis responded to the criticism, offering a sarcastic apology to Jurgen Klopp while pointing out how Liverpool’s high-priced team couldn’t defeat his inexpensive side.
We apologize. We actually played three longer passes in 99 minutes than what Liverpool played in that game. Sky TV came out with that stat.
So as a football club we apologize to Liverpool for playing three more longer passes than they did.
There’s always a bit of spin put on things these days. But if I had a team that was worth £200m, playing against a team that was worth less than £20m and we never won that game, I’d be doing my best to divert it away from the fact that I had 10 times more value on the pitch than my opposition and couldn’t win.
I’m not annoyed – I’m just stating the facts. Forget all the spin – that’s the facts.
Tony Pulis‘ sides are often called out for playing boring, unattractive football, but it gets results. In more than 20 years as a manager, Pulis has never been relegated, and is very well respected throughout the Premier League. With Jurgen Klopp a new face in the English game, the veteran Pulis isn’t backing down.
It’s unfortunate that these two sides don’t meet again until the final match of the season, because it would be a good one.