Sam Allardyce brands Jurgen Klopp “soft German” after touchline row in Liverpool’s win v Sunderland

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Sam Allardyce has risked backlash by branding Jurgen Klopp a “soft German” after a touchline row in Sunderland’s Premier League defeat to Liverpool last night.

Klopp was angered that a second-half tackle from Jeremain Lens on Mamadou Sakho during Liverpool’s 1-0 win at the Stadium of Light was only punished with a yellow card.

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The Reds boss threw a similar tantrum earlier this month and failed to shake Tony Pulis’s hand after an incident in his side’s 2-2 draw with West Bromwich Albion.

Klopp did not snub Allardyce at the final whistle on Wearside, but the Premier League veteran was otherwise unhappy with how his new counterpart behaved.

“He’s a soft German if he thinks that’s a red card. It’s a yellow,” Allardyce told Sky Sports.

“There was some foul and abusive language towards my staff that I didn’t like. After the end, it was alright though, because we all shook hands and got on with it, which is what you’ve got to do.”

Although it was most likely a throwaway comment, the former Bolton Wanderers and West Ham United boss may want to me more careful with his choice of words in future.

Sunderland are second from bottom of the table and seven points from safety having lost their last five games. The last thing they need is their manager getting himself in trouble.

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