Klopp cools Pulis tensions

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has moved to ease tensions with West Brom counterpart Tony Pulis in the wake of their 2-2 draw at Anfield last Sunday.

Klopp did not exchange handshakes with Pulis at the final whistle, with the German claiming afterwards "it was not a friendly game" and chose to criticise the Baggies for playing too many long balls.

Pulis offered a sarcastic apology on Friday, insisting the German should focus on his own team's deficiencies after they squandered an early lead to only come away with a share of the spoils.

He said: "I'm really sorry and apologise now to Liverpool Football Club for playing three more balls over the top than they did – and that stat is courtesy of Sky Sports. Maybe he should take notice of that. It's disappointing.

"If I had a team that was worth £200m playing against a team that was worth less than £20m and we never won that game, I'd be doing my best to divert it away from the fact that I had 10 times more value on the pitch than my opposition number had and couldn't win the game."

Klopp responded later in the day, saying he had nothing but respect for the Albion manager and stressed that his war of words with Pulis was nothing serious.

"I can easily say sorry for everything I said during the game, it wasn't a big problem. After the game I wanted to go to my team," he said in his pre-match press conference ahead of Sunday's trip to Watford.

"I have big respect for Pulis' work. I wanted to go to the players and be with them. What can I say? The coaching zones are closer here. That is the only difference.

"Sometimes you do things in football you wouldn't do in normal life but it wasn't serious. Everything is different in those 98 minutes. Their second goal was offside and a foul. Nobody talked about this. It was all about Klopp, Pulis and going to the fans."

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