Jurgen Klopp in heated tunnel clash with Sean Dyche as cracks start to show for Liverpool in Burnley defeat

Luke Edwards
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Jurgen Klopp (right) and Sean Dyche (left) argue in the tunnel - SKY SPORTS
Jurgen Klopp (right) and Sean Dyche (left) argue in the tunnel - SKY SPORTS

Jurgen Klopp has urged supporters to blame him after arguing Liverpool had lost a game to Burnley that he claimed had “looked impossible to lose.”

Liverpool dominated possession once again but lacked a goal threat and were hit by a late penalty, when Ashley Barnes was brought down by goalkeeper Allison, which he converted from the spot.

That extended Liverpool’s winless run to five games and they are six points adrift of leaders Manchester United, having also gone four games without scoring.

With Klopp also admitting “that it is not his decision” as to whether Liverpool make any new signings to boost their faltering title defence, this is perhaps one the most difficult period of his five-and-half year reign at Anfield.

The stress appeared to get to Liverpool’s manager at half time as he chased Burnley manager Sean Dyche down the tunnel after he had said something to the German as he walked past.

“We lost a game I think was actually impossible to lose,” said Klopp. “But we did it and that’s my fault. “Everything, all the English words, [this was a] massive, massive punch in the face or whatever, it's my responsibility, that's the easy explanation.

“It’s my job to make sure the boys have the right feelings, like the right amount of confidence so they make the right decisions. That obviously didn’t work out.

“We had the ball a lot, we created some situations and that’s all ok, but in the final moment, obviously, our decision making isn’t right at the moment. That’s the problem at the moment. We have the ball in the right place and then we shoot or pass in the wrong moment, but I’m sure I said the same thing last week. The problem is, if something doesn’t work, we have to try harder and make better decisions.

“It didn’t work out tonight and we have to admit that. That’s why we lost. It’s always my fault. The things that don’t work are my fault, the things that work are credit to the players, that’s what people make of it.

“We have been together a long time, I tell them the movements to make to hurt the opponent and they don’t do it, they I have to tell them harder. It is the same job for all managers.

“It's really difficult to play against these kinds of low block but we did it already. You have to score the first one and we don't score the first one, and that makes things difficult because, after scoring not that much for a long time, it's not that everyone feels incredibly confident in these moments, and that's something we have to work on.

"It's not the first time this has happened in football, it won't be the last time, and the good news is we can change it, we just have to work on it. My players are only human. It’s not rocket science. I can’t believe we have lost, but we have.

Klopp still looked annoyed when asked about his clash with Dyche but did not want to expand on it. If he does not talk about it, I will not talk about it, but I didn’t start it, it’s not nothing, but it’s all good.”

Dyche was also reluctant to give any details of what had happened about but did make one barbed comment after the game.

“You know we are allowed to come to places like this and fight you know,” he said. “It was just two managers fighting for their sides, wanting to win and there is nothing wrong with that.

“I’ve no problem with that, he’s a top manager at a top club, but you are allowed to say your piece, which I did.

“It’s great to have gained the points we have after a difficult start. We’ve stayed focused and have got back to winning games. I’m really pleased with the boys, even after scoring the penalty, we had to see the game out the right way. We are in good shape and this is a really tough place to win at.”