Last night’s English Premier League match between Liverpool and Manchester United ended in a 1-1 draw, but the tensed encounter dragged Jose Mourinho and Jurgen Klopp above their limits.
The two coaches squared up against each other on the sidelines after a squabble between Roberto Firmino and Ander Herrera, who pulled his opponent’s shirt but got shoved in the face.
Mourinho protested for a red card while Klopp says Herrera was acting up by going down after Firmino pushed him in the chest.
Luckily for the angry bosses who got into a heated argument, a fourth match official, Craig Pawson, was right on time to separate them. Their quarrel ended in a warm handshake but Mourinho explained his feelings to reporters in a post-match interview saying it was part of the game.
Mourinho: “I have a problem with my neck because I was always looking to the left side.”
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The Portuguese coach said he has no hard feelings for his rival but revealed their misunderstanding was good for football.
In his words: “Nah. He thought I was asking for his player to be sent off, I wasn’t.
“No problem at all.
“I think the game was correct, I think the players gave everything in an emotional way, professional way.
“I think the referee managed very well that part of the game, aggression but good.
“So I think the game was a great publicity for the Premier League all around the world.”
James Milner scored an early goal for Liverpool from the penalty spot after an error from Paul Pogba, and the Reds celebrated what could have been a first victory since the new year. But their joy was short-lived.
Image: James Milner
Zlatan Ibrahimovic fired back an equalizer for United after Marouane Fellaini‘s effort hit the post a few seconds earlier. The Swede’s powerful header counts as his 19th goal for the Red Devils since his arrival last summer.
The former PSG player nearly scored through a stunning free kick earlier in the game but displayed professionalism as a top-class footballer .
A few minutes before the end of first half, Jose Mourinho went into the tunnel apparently displeased with United conceding an early goal at Old Trafford.
Wayne Rooney later replaced Michael Carrick for an opportunity to enter history books as the club’s highest goal scorer but the England international footballer failed to impress. He was expected to get the club record 250th goal but Liverpool defenders denied him the chance.
Image: Zlatan Ibrahimovic