Klopp comes off worse in Dyche spat as Liverpool boss looks to have lost spark


So who would your money have been on?

Klopp would have had the reach advantage, for sure, but you can assume Dyche has a granite chin to match the voice.

Tough one to call.

A tunnel bout between the two would have been more entertaining than the 45 minutes that preceded the managerial spat, that is for sure.

The melee that prompted the breakdown in Anglo-German relations was prompted by Fabinho’s petulant kick at Ashley Barnes.

It was silly and hardly violent but Fabinho was a touch fortunate. If he has kicked out, it is either nothing or red, but it was no big deal.



The Reds boss was involved in an angry half-time altercation with Dyche

It certainly did not seem big enough for the verbal ruck between Dyche and Klopp, the Liverpool manager pursuing his opposite number in protocol-defying fashion.

Something wound him up.

And maybe it was not just that commotion over Fabinho’s flick.

Maybe Klopp is becoming just a little frustrated with the challenge of re-motivating his marvellous team.

Sounds bizarre, doesn’t it?

Motivation.

Surely no team with Klopp as its manager, with a history and tradition as proudly fierce as theirs, could ever want for incentive?



Klopp's team has hit an enormous road block after two seasons of flat-out dominance
Klopp’s team has hit an enormous road block after two seasons of flat-out dominance

It would seem sacrilege to even suggest otherwise.

But this is a squad that has been running on a torrent of adrenaline for over two seasons.

Of course, they must be desperate to experience the exhilarating highs again.

Of course, they know only repeat success will etch them into history as one of the truly great teams.

Of course, only 100 per cent commitment will be tolerated by Klopp.

But maybe their mental and physical exertions over such a prolonged period are taking a toll.

They dominated Burnley yet lacked that extra bit of hunger, that extra bit of motivation and, in the end, succumbed to this shock defeat.

And while they are far from alone in this – in fact, to some extent, every club is in the same boat – Klopp has a team that would dearly love the lift from its fans.

And even Klopp looks like he needs a lift, something to spark him back to his inspirational self.

Perhaps the unlikely scrap with Sean and this result might just provide it.

Has Jurgen Klopp lost his spark? Have your say in the comments.

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