Jurgen Klopp has hit back at Frank Lampard after the Chelsea boss warned Liverpoolâ€™s coaching staff not to get â€œarrogantâ€ following their Premier League title win.
Lampard had clashed with Pep Lijnders, Kloppâ€™s assistant, during his sideâ€™s 5-3 defeat at Anfield on Wednesday night, and later continued the row in his post-match interview.
He said: â€œSome of the bench, itâ€™s a fine line between when you are winning â€“ and theyâ€™ve won the league, fair play to Liverpool Football Club â€“ but also donâ€™t get too arrogant with it.â€
A video later emerged which showed Lampard telling Klopp to â€œf*ck offâ€, and the Liverpool manager was asked about the row at his press conference ahead of the championsâ€™ game with Newcastle this weekend.
Klopp responded: â€œYou cannot hit me and my bench with something like that because we are not arrogant.
â€œFrank was obviously in a really competitive mood and I respect that a lot. From my point of view in this sort of situation you can say pretty much what you want. For me, after the game it is completely over.
â€œI said a lot in the past because it is pure emotion. He came here to win the game or get a point, to make Champions League qualification, and I respect that a lot. But what he has to learn is to finish it with the final whistle and he didnâ€™t do that.
â€œSpeaking afterwards about it like this, thatâ€™s not okay, Frank has to learn this and he has a lot of time to learn as he is a young coach but that is what he has to learn.
â€œDuring the game, the words used were no problem at all but after final whistle? No.
â€œWe are not arrogant, we are pretty much the opposite. But in a moment like this in an argument you want to say something to hurt the other person. I have no problem with that but at the final whistle close the book. He didnâ€™t do that and that is what I donâ€™t like.
â€œAnd by the way, the reason I speak now about it â€“ because otherwise there would be no words from me â€“ but because he spoke after about it, I feel the need to explain!â€
Asked if there had been a particular moment during his career where he had learned not to keep an argument with a fellow manager going after the final whistle, Klopp said: â€œI donâ€™t remember but probably, yes!
â€œI really donâ€™t know. I respect all the other coaches. When you have a little look at yourself and know how outraged you can be in different situations â€“ because we all have our own subjective view on a situation: foul, no foul, handball, and you feel that itâ€™s not fair and you feel you cannot wait until after the game. That happens.
â€œProbably I had it but I donâ€™t remember. During the game for sure, after the game I donâ€™t remember.â€
Lampard, for his part, explained his side of the story in his own press conference ahead of Chelseaâ€™s game with Wolves.
The Blues boss said: â€œI think in terms of the language I used, I do regret that, because I think these things get replayed a lot on social media. Iâ€™ve got two young daughters who are on social media, so I do regret that.
â€œIn terms of regretting having passion to defend my team, no, I could have maybe handled it slightly differently, to keep that language in.
â€œBut what I felt was, and I want to be clear about this actually, that some of the reports were that I was upset with the celebrating of the Liverpool team.
â€œFar from it, I think Liverpool should celebrate as much as they want with the season theyâ€™ve had, they can celebrate like they did after the game, like they can celebrate every goal they score, like they celebrated when they won the league a month ago, and like they are talking they will celebrate one more time with their fans.
â€œI would have had a beer with Jurgen Klopp after the game and toasted the performance of what theyâ€™ve done this year. But there were things on the line I didnâ€™t like from their bench, not Klopp, people behind the bench, which I felt crossed the line, and thatâ€™s what got me agitated.
â€œBut itâ€™s done, itâ€™s done. Emotions run high, and amongst most managers, players and fans in this game. As I say, I regret the language, and we move on.â€