Jurgen Klopp’s assistant suggests there is some truth in what Frank Lampard said about him


Jurgen Klopp’s assistant manager Pep Lijnders has suggested there may be some truth in what Frank Lampard said about the Liverpool boss.

Lampard and Klopp engaged in a touchline spat during Wednesday night’s Premier League clash between Liverpool and Chelsea at Anfield.

Chelsea manager Lampard later shed some light on why he was so angry, warning Liverpool to not “get too arrogant” in the future.

Lijnders spoke to Mirror Sport about what Klopp is like behind the scenes at Anfield, in an interview unrelated to Wednesday’s incident.

But his comments about Klopp “walking around like Conor McGregor” after receiving praise rather interestingly sheds light on what Lampard was referring to.

Lijnders said: “We started ­playing about four years ago during our training camp in Tenerife.

“We were playing the game with our staff and a few players. At first, we didn’t quite know what a padel court looked like and thought it had to be played a bit like table tennis.

“Our media officer looked up the rules of the game on the ­internet. We didn’t know he had given us the wrong rules till this Spanish chap came by and asked us what on earth we were doing. We said, ‘Playing padel tennis’.

“He laughed and said, ‘Well, I know one thing – you don’t play it like that!’.

“When we got back, the owners built a court for us at Melwood and now we are playing this game almost every day at our training centre.

“Jurgen is fanatical about it – and he’s good, too. But we never say he’s the best out loud – otherwise he starts to walk round like Conor McGregor.”

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