Jurgen Klopp: Liverpool boss unhappy with Burnley tackling

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Klopp criticises Burnley tackling after Liverpool win

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp wanted more protection for his players from the officials in the win at Burnley - a game in which Joe Gomez was injured.

The England defender damaged his ankle in a challenge with Burnley's Ben Mee.

Klopp, who raised concerns with fourth official Mike Dean during the game, said "the injury threat was massive" from slide tackles on a wet surface.

Burnley boss Sean Dyche said it was a "fantastic tackle" by Mee and that he was "confused" by Klopp's reaction.

Gomez, one of only four survivors from the side that beat Everton on Sunday, had to be carried off in the first half.

"Joe's injured and probably not only a little bit," said Klopp after the 3-1 win at Turf Moor.

The 21-year-old has become a key part of Klopp's side, playing in 13 of Liverpool's 15 league games this season.

Klopp, whose side are two points behind leaders Manchester City, added: "We won the game but the challenges from the beginning, the sliding tackling on that wet ground, I really think the referee should have said something earlier.

"The injury threat is massive. That was hard.

"You get the ball, nice, but it's like bowling because you get the player as well. It happened four or five times.

"The first three or four challenges everybody likes it. I know that. It's part of football but it lead to the situation. OK, no foul but Joe Gomez is injured."

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Dyche praises Burnley mentality despite defeat

Dyche said his side had produced some "excellent" challenges during the game.

"I thought some of the timing of the challenges was superb. That's part of that front-foot mentality," he said.

"You've got to win the ball, you've got to challenge against these boys. You've got to put a marker on the game - not only with good tackles, but also with good play."

Speaking the day after the game, Dyche added: "I was a bit confused.

"There were some excellent tackles. The only one that was questionable was Bardo's [Phil Bardsley on Alberto Moreno].

"Ben Mee's was a fantastic tackle and I think Gomez realised that. We send him our best if there is any injury but it wasn't from a bad tackle.

"Of course football managers can question whatever they like but I don't think they can reinvent the rules.

"I don't think there's many fans in this country that want to see tackling go out of the game."

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