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Sean Dyche speaks out on Jurgen Klopp tunnel bust-up in Liverpool’s defeat to Burnley


Sean Dyche and Jurgen Klopp were involved in a heated exchange at Anfield (Sky Sports)

Sean Dyche has defended his bust-up with Jurgen Klopp during Burnley’s victory over Liverpool on Thursday evening.

The Premier League champions suffered another blow in the title race as Ashley Barnes’ 83rd-minute penalty sealed the win for Dyche’s side at Anfield.

The result has ended Liverpool’s 68-game unbeaten run at home and has left Klopp’s side six points behind Premier League leaders Manchester United.

At half-time in the defeat to Burnley, Klopp and Dyche were caught sharing a heated exchange in the tunnel moments after referee Mike Dean blew the half-time whistle.

But Dyche insists he was entitled to ‘fight’ for his side’s interests with his opposite number.

‘Just two managers fighting for their side, wanting to win,’ Dyche said when asked about the incident.

‘I’ve got no problem with that, he’s a top class manager at a top class football club and you are allowed to say your piece and fight for your side if you feel it’s appropriate, which I did.

‘That’s it for me, it’s a moment in time. End of.’

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Klopp, meanwhile, was adamant that he did not start the bust-up with the Burnley manager.

‘If he’s not talking about it, I will not talk about it,’ said the Liverpool boss.

‘I didn’t start it but it’s nothing, all good.’

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