“Klopp is a bit of an idiot” – West Brom winger James McClean slams Liverpool’s coach
West Brom winger James McClean has described Liverpool boss, Jurgen Klopp, as a “a bit of an idiot” for failing to shake hands with his manager, Tony Pulis after the emotionally charged 2-2 draw between the English Premiership sides on Sunday.
James McClean Credit: Thescore.com
Klopp had several confrontations with the West Brom bench during the match and snubbed Pulis during the traditional after-match handshake between the coaches of the opposing sides.
Speaking to BBC Radio West Midlands: McClean said: “I have got a lot of respect for the man because he done a great job at Dortmund, but I think he is a bit of an idiot to be honest. On the game on Sunday you can’t act that way. Win, lose or draw you have got to be respectful.”
When asked by journalists after the match why he had refused to shake hands with Pulis, Klopp responded that it was not a big issue and that because it was not a “friendly game” he didn’t see the need to to shake Pulis’ hand.
He said: “We had some words during the game, sometimes it needs longer than a few seconds to cool down. If you want to make a big story with this, please go ahead. Sometimes with me it is like this, do what you want.
“Usually I shake hands, today I did not. It was not a friendly game, everybody saw it. I wish him [Pulis] all the best.”