Burnley boss Dyche accuses Reds striker of 'cheating'
- Sean Dyche protected his players after Jurgen Klopp's accusations of excessive tackling that led to Joe Gomez's injury
- Burnley boss claims all tackles but one were legit and the tackle on Gomez was 'fantastic'
- He then went on to accuse Daniel Sturridge of 'cheating', saying the striker went down when there was 'nothing near him'
The Clarets manager Sean Dyche has accused Liverpool forward Daniel Sturridge of 'cheating'. Burnley opened the score on Wednesday night but were defeated by Liverpool 1-3. The loss was so bitter, Sean Dyche couldn't help starting a bit of a word exchange with Jurgen Klopp right after the final whistle.
Jurgen Klopp was also unhappy with Burnley players' antics and called Dyche’s squad for excessive tackling at the post-match presser.
The day after the game Dyche fired back.
"I was a bit confused," Dyche told the Mirror. "There were some excellent tackles. The only one that was questionable was Bardo’s [Phil Bardsley on Alberto Moreno]. Ben Mee’s was a fantastic tackle and I think [Joe] Gomez realised that. We send him our best if there is any injury but it wasn’t from a bad tackle.
"Of course football managers can question whatever they like but I don’t think they can reinvent the rules. I don’t think there’s many fans in this country that want to see tackling go out of the game.
"He [Klopp] didn’t reference Daniel Sturridge’s cheating when he went down, nothing near him, and he got a free-kick for it. I watched Liverpool as a kid, I was a Liverpool fan growing up in the 70s, and when I grew up watching them, they had a fantastic side, of skill, will demand and a physical edge.
"Now if that’s gone and been replaced by cheating, I’m absolutely happy to be old-fashioned. There’s no way I’d want to not see good proper professionals challenging in the manner that ours did last night, and replace it with cheating."