Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp: No problem with Tony Pulis

first_imgLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists he does not have a problem with West Brom’s tactics or their manager Tony Pulis despite a fractious 2-2 draw at Anfield. Klopp did not shake hands with the Baggies boss at the final whistle and was involved with a confrontation with a member of the visiting team’s backroom staff as he went onto the pitch to celebrate with his players. Craig Gardner’s reckless knee-high challenge on Dejan Lovren, which went unpunished even though the defender departed on a stretcher and left the ground on crutches, was the worst of the afternoon’s tackles but Klopp said he did not have a personal issue with Pulis. “Sometimes a point deserved in the right way is more important,” he added. “Maybe the crowd were disappointed but they didn’t let us feel that. “We all wanted this one point and it felt like three, in this moment it was an explosion.” Pulis played down the any perceived animosity with Klopp, insisting he was more annoyed about not leaving with three points. “He has got to do what he has got to do, I am more disappointed about the way they came back to make it 2-2,” he said. “He is animated. I have been animated all my life on the bench. I have no problems with that. “We have come here, tried to be resilient. I don’t think there was a booking during the game. The big disappointment was they got that goal.” Pulis also brushed aside Gardner’s tackle on Lovren. “The two worst challenges in the game are (James) Milner’s challenge on Gardner and Skrtel’s challenge on Salomon (Rondon). Gardner has played the ball. The others, Skrtel has gone right over the ball,” he added. “I didn’t see him after the game. I can say nothing,” he said. “We had some words in the game; sometimes it takes more than a few seconds to cool down. “Usually I shake hands, I did not today because it was not a friendly game.” Jordan Henderson had given the Reds an early lead but Craig Dawson and Jonas Olsson – who also had a goal ruled out for offside – scored from corners to turn things around and only substitute Divock Origi’s deflected strike in the sixth of eight minutes of added time rescued a point for the hosts. Simon Mignolet’s error led to West Brom’s first goal when he failed to claim the ball after coming for a deep corner, but Klopp defended his goalkeeper despite the growing criticism from fans. “I said to Simon at half-time, if somebody says it was your fault, it is not true, it is my fault. I have nothing negative to say about Simon,” he added. “In England it is really difficult for goalkeepers to come out as there is no-one to protect them but he can help if he comes out.” Klopp celebrated the late equaliser like it was a winner, pumping his fists towards the Main Stand and taking his players to salute the Kop at the end. Press Associationlast_img read more

WATCH PHOTOS: Mario Balotelli tries to sneak into Liverpool dressed all in black

first_imgMario Ballottelli touched down at Liverpool John Lennon Airport dressed all in black this morning. But any hopes he had of sneaking into Liverpool  were ruined by his bright red shoes!These pictures show Balotelli emerging from a private plane as he finalises his move to Liverpool.The Italy star, 24, is expected to sign a three-year deal at Anfield today. Liverpool face Balotelli’s old club Manchester City at the Etihad tonight and the deal is expected to be sealed before kick-off.The controversial striker could watch on from the stands but will be ineligible to play.Balotelli will arrive from AC Milan for £16m and has already completed his medical.He has given the green light to a three-year contract worth £90,000-per-week contract, which will contain heavy incentives based on his behaviour. Balotelli will become Brendan Rodgers’ TENTH summer signing.He joins Emre Can, Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert, Dejan Lovren, Javier Manquillo, Lazar Markovic, Alberto Moreno, Divock Origi and Kevin Stewart at Anfield.SUPER MARIO: Balotelli tried to sneak into Liverpool unnoticedSUPER MARIO: Balotelli tried to sneak into Liverpool unnoticedbvvSUPER MARIO: Balotelli tried to sneak into Liverpool unnoticedlast_img read more

LeBron James Watch | The latest on where he takes his talents next

first_imgThe LeBron/NBA News Feed:[scribble src=”/event/2786904″ /] Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error LeBron James has landed in Los Angeles, but that doesn’t mean we’re finished. We keep on the lookout for tidbits, tweets and headlines that offer clues as to who is surrounding LeBron James and how the NBA is being re-shaped. (Please scroll down for live Twitter updates)LEBRON ARRIVES: LeBron James agrees to 4-year, $154 million contract with LakersThe latestFind the latest LeBron James coverage, including reporting on where LeBron James Jr. might attend high school here.Tweet of the day:last_img read more