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Jurgen Klopp Reportedly Told to Calm Down by Police During Sam Allardyce Clash

Liverpool's manager Jurgen Klopp, left, and Sunderland's manager Sam Allardyce speak ahead of the start of the English Premier League soccer match between Sunderland and Liverpool at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland, England, Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)
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Joseph ZuckerFeatured Columnist IVDecember 27, 2016

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was known to display a fiery temper on the touchline during his time at Borussia Dortmund. According to Louise Taylor of the Guardian, Klopp's passion nearly got him in trouble with local authorities at the Stadium of Light on Wednesday.     

Following a tackle by Jeremain Lens on Mamadou Sakho in the first half of Liverpool's 1-0 victory, Klopp got into an argument with Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce. Taylor reported the verbal sparring match escalated to the extent a nearby police officer told Klopp he needed to calm down.

After the match, Klopp discussed the reason for his outburst, per Jason Mellor of the Telegraph:

Of course I was [angry], but I don't want to now say to give him a red card. My staff were emotional and so were the staff of Sunderland, but that happens. If you look on your ticket, it is included. If nothing happens on the pitch, you can watch on the bench. I have no problem with this player, but if you go like this [challenge], everything can happen. That is not allowed. I hope Sakho is OK.

"If he thinks that's a red card, then he’s a soft German," said Allardyce. "It's a yellow, a foul. There was some foul and abusive language towards my staff that I didn't like."

The Anfield Wrap noted how Allardyce has a habit of drawing attention to his opinion of Liverpool managers:

Klopp often looks like a supporter on the touchline as he reacts to every ebb and flow of the game. While that has helped him build even more of a cult following, it has also gotten him in trouble at times, such as when he drew a one-match Champions League ban in 2013 for his argument with the fourth official.

There's a good chance the German's personality will continue to rub some Premier League managers the wrong way at times, but that will be the furthest thing from Liverpool supporters' minds as long as he continues moving the Reds closer to a Champions League place.

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