Jurgen Klopp is 'not interested' in a war of words with Jose Mourinho over touchline accusations
Jose Mourinho, who has had served two touchline bans so far this season, fired the latest in a string of barbs in Klopp's direction in the aftermath of his team's draw against Hull on Wednesday.
But yesterday Klopp maintained he was "not interested" in engaging in a slanging match with Mourinho insisting there was not enough time in his day.
"I have no idea why he [Mourinho] spoke about me but I am not bothered for sure," he said. "It is an emotional game and to switch off emotions is not that simple.
Jose Mourinho reckons Klopp got away with his touchline rage against Chelsea lightly
"We struggle and not only myself and Jose but Arsene Wenger and a lot of other people. We are all different and sometimes we get a fine and sometimes not."
Klopp admitted that his outburst, after Simon Mignolet saved Diego Costa's penalty on Tuesday night yelling at a bemused Swarbrick, was out of order.
"Sometimes you just feel it in a moment and you look like you look and you say the things you say like 'Nobody can beat us!," said Klopp. "I never heard a more silly sentence in our situation after three [straight] defeats!"
The German did concede that managers have a wider responsibility to behave on the touchline for all that he believes he will never fully be able to control his emotions in the heat of the battle.
Klopp admitted his outburst at Neil Swarbrick in the draw with Chelsea was out of order
He said: "I agree 100 per cent [that managers have to set a good example]. In this [calm] mood I can say 100 per cent I don't do it but it would be a lie to give a guarantee it would never happen again.
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"Circumstances are pretty special and we have all kind of pressure.
"We all know football is not emotionally important but tell us in this moment. Some things are more important but unfortunately that is not true in this moment."
Swarbrick's reaction – calmly telling German he admired his passion – has clearly infuriated Mourinho, who has served two bans this season for confronting referee Mark Clattenenburg and kicking a water bottle.
Liverpool stars all smiles in training ahead of Hull clash
Thu, February 2, 2017
Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool team looked in high spirits as they trained at Melwood ahead of their Premier League clash with Hull City on Saturday (3pm)
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Liverpool stars relax in training ahead of their Premier League clash with Hull
Wenger is also currently in the middle of a four-match ban for pushing fourth official Anthony Taylor on January 22.
But Klopp offered mitigation when he said: "Do we think that Arsene Wenger is a person who when he sees a fourth official he is going to punch him or whatever?
"No, that is not how he is and everybody knows it. It happens because of the circumstances and not the personality.
"I try to be nice [in games] but in moments where you feel it is not fair OK you cannot change it but you cannot accept everything like it never happened.
"Behind a manager is still a human being and we are all weak in parts. A few of these weaknesses lead to difficult situations around and not because we are disrespectful. We know how difficult it is [for officials]."