Newcastle United defender Kieran Trippier has hit back at Jurgen Klopp after the Liverpool boss directed a dig at Eddie Howe’s side.
Liverpool celebrated a dramatic win over the Magpies on Wednesday night, with Fabio Carvalho scoring a 98th-minute winner in an hostile game.
Klopp was unfazed by Newcastle’s tactics – he lashed out at his time-wasting and more defensive approach after Alexander Isak handed them the lead at Anfield – and the German boss felt they should have received more yellow cards.
England international Trippier, who joined Howe’s team from Atletico Madrid in January, has now responded to Klopp’s comments.
‘[Time wasting] is something the referee has to control,” Trippier told local newspaper The Shields Gazette.
“We’re coming to Anfield, we’ve got a game plan in place, so when [Klopp] To lament a waste of time, the referee and officials must take control.
“After our performance, we feel like we’re a match for them in everything. They might have had more possession, but I feel like we controlled that.
“You see how many long balls they overplayed and how we dealt with it. A lot of their long balls went wide, which we especially worked on with van Dijk.
“I feel like we played very well and it’s football, we admit you could say last second but in reality it’s two and a half minutes over the five added.
“It’s very difficult to concede in the 98th minute when five minutes are to be extended.
“We can’t let the result throw us off course because we have a big game ahead of us. It just shows how far we’ve come.’
Newcastle are back in action at 3pm on Saturday when they host Crystal Palace, while Liverpool travel to Everton for the Merseyside derby earlier in the day.
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