Liverpool boss Jürgen Klopp claims his middle-finger salute during yesterday’s fiery encounter with Manchester City was not directed at referee Anthony Taylor and was in fact a tribute to veteran rapper Eminem who turns 50 today.
Klopp was shown a red card during Liverpool’s 1-0 win over City at a hostile Anfield and then appeared to flick his middle finger in the direction of Taylor as he stormed down the touchline.
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However, the German has offered a wholly innocent explanation for the incident which was picked up by television cameras.
‘It’s all a big misunderstanding. I was showing some love for my homie, Eminem. That is all’, Klopp told Paddy Power News.
‘People might think I was throwing a middle finger at the ref because he ignored the most blatant foul anyone’s ever seen then stopped a Man City attack in full flow to show me a red, but I can assure you it was a tribute to my man, Marshall Bruce Mathers III’.
‘Word up, Detroit’, said the 55-year-old, before unveiling what appeared to be a D12 neck tattoo but may have been hand drawn using a felt tip by Klopp himself.
Meanwhile, Man City boss Pep Guardiola claims that coins were thrown at him after he became involved in a confrontation with Liverpool fans after Phil Foden saw an opening goal disallowed for a foul by Erling Haaland.
‘I don’t understand this. Jurgen said Liverpool cannot compete with Man City financially and then they throw all their money at us’, the Spaniard told Paddy Power News.
‘I asked our players to pick up all the coins during our warm-down after the game’.
‘This extra income will help when FFP come knocking with their annual Champions League ban which is reduced to 2 minutes on the naughty step after an appeal’, added the 51-year-old.
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