Video: Jurgen Klopp drawn into heated debate after ‘congratulating’ interviewer for James Milner’s injury

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp’s post-match interview has taken centre stage in the media this afternoon, after the Reds dropped two points late at Brighton.

Pegged back at the death

Klopp’s men made the trip to the Amex a short time ago, for their latest Premier League outing.

Liverpool of course headed into proceedings in search of a bounce-back result, having seen the club’s superb recent spell of form brought to a firm end on Wednesday night.

A Champions League meeting with Serie A outfit Atalanta saw the hosts downed by 2 goals to nil at Anfield.

When all was said and done on the Southeast this afternoon, though, the English champions failed to get back on track.

A thoroughly entertaining affair, during which Brighton saw Neal Maupay fluff a first-half spot-kick attempt, and Liverpool denied a pair of goals by VAR, eventually played out into a 1-1 draw.

The visitors took the lead on the hour-mark, courtesy of a moment of magic from the in-form Diogo Jota:

Just when it appeared as though Liverpool had the 3 points sewn up, however, Brighton hit back, to secure themselves a share of the spoils.

After Andy Robertson connected with the foot of Danny Welbeck in his attempts to clear the ball from the away side’s box, a lengthy VAR check came to the eventual decision that a penalty should be awarded.

And Pascal Groß stepped up to slam the ensuing spot-kick beyond Alisson, levelling things up deep into injury-time:

Full highlights: Brighton 1-1 Liverpool

Klopp vs Kelly

Whilst the 90 minutes of action on the pitch at the Amex this afternoon proved of an entertaining nature to say the least, what has instead since taken centre stage in the media chatter, as outlined above, though, is the post-match interview held by Jurgen Klopp.

The Liverpool boss, unsurprisingly miffed after watching his side drop two potentially crucial points at the death, was drawn into a fascinating debate by BT Sport’s Des Kelly.

The exchange began after the latter questioned Klopp on the injury picked up by James Milner, to which the German responded by aiming a less-than-subtle dig at Premier League broadcasters.

An at-times heated exchange ensued, during which the pair argued their respective points of view regarding the allocation of the English top-flight’s Saturday lunch-time kick-off (and Klopp aired his grievances with Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder):

Kelly:James Milner, hamstring is it?’

Klopp: ‘Yeah, congratulations.’

Kelly: Me personally?’

Klopp: ‘No, but you work for them yeah? Hamstring. Surprise. And they had injuries as well because it’s a tough time.’

Klopp: ‘Maybe ask Chris Wilder about it. [BT] picked the 12.30 kick-off. You did it!’

Chris Wilder

SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 28: Chris Wilder the head coach / manager of Sheffield United during the Premier League match between Sheffield United and Liverpool FC at Bramall Lane on September 28, 2019 in Sheffield, United Kingdom. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

Kelly: ‘Maybe you’re firing at the wrong target, we are broadcasters, we work within Premier League rules, and Premier League makes the rules, that’s the Premier League clubs, so shouldn’t you be talking to Premier League clubs?’

Klopp: ‘I don’t know how often I have to say it, you pick us for 12:30 kick-offs.’

Kelly: ‘The Premier League clubs chose that slot.’

Klopp: ‘These are difficult times.’

Kelly: ‘Of course it’s difficult and the broadcasters are supporting the game.’

Klopp: ‘I’m not having a go at the broadcasters, I just say how it is. 12:30 after Wednesday is really dangerous for the Premier League players.’

Kelly: ‘If it’s about Premier Leagueayer welfare why did the Premier League clubs block five subs?’

Klopp: ‘Because, when we had the talk between the managers a week ago, it was 55%, if not 60%, for five subs. But since then nothing happened.’

‘Chris Wilder or whoever, constantly say I’m selfish. I think all the things show that he’s selfish but that’s not too important. I was in a similar situation as he is when I worked at Mainz – all about staying in the league.’

‘If we have 5 subs today I take off Robbo for Kostas to save him. It’s not for tactics, it’s to save the players. It’s for all players. You will it from now on til December. We will see.’

Check out the riveting debate in full below, during which Klopp also provides his take on today’s result, and the reaction of Mohamed Salah to being substituted at the Amex:

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp’s post-match interview has taken centre stage in the media this afternoon, after the Reds dropped two points late at Brighton. Pegged back at the death Klopp’s men made the trip to the Amex a short time ago, for their latest Premier League outing. Liverpool of course headed into proceedings in searchFootball (soccer) greatest goals and highlights | 101 Great Goals – Feed

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