Liverpool’s Klopp turns peacemaker, using ‘age’ to appease De Zerbi


Oct 9 (Reuters) – The Liverpool boss stepped in to reassure Brighton manager Roberto De Zerbi during an angry exchange with officials during Sunday’s 2-2 draw in the Premier League. Jurgen Klopp played the role of peacemaker.

In the 69th minute at the American Express Stadium, De Zerbi was booked by referee Anthony Taylor for protesting and Brighton were denied a penalty after Kaoru Minama’s shot hit the arm of Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk.

The Italian manager continued to protest after being booked before Klopp intervened and tried to calm him down.

“When he got a little angry, I used my age to try to calm him down,” Klopp, 56, who himself has had numerous run-ins with referees in the past, told reporters.

“I just saw that if I was in a moment like this, there would be a point of no return.

“I thought he was close and then I tried to calm him down. I’m not sure if he needed it, you can ask him but he probably told me something about the penalty but I don’t know what he said Talking about it. I think he wanted a penalty…”

When asked about it, De Zerbi told reporters: “I love Klopp and he can do what he wants because I have a lot of respect for him and I think he is one of the best coaches in the world. “

“I like his behavior and when he says certain things, 99 per cent of the time I agree with him. In that case I thought it was a clear penalty. I told the referee I thought it was In a good way, I thought.”

Reporting by Aadi Nair in Bengaluru; Editing by Michael Perry

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