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Jurgen Klopp Defends Daniel Sturridge Over Diving Claims

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Burnley’s manager went on the offensive on Thursday after his side had been beaten 3-1 and claimed that Sturridge had gone down “with nothing near him” in order to win a free-kick.

Those comments came after Klopp had articulated his unhappiness about some heavy tackles from Burnley’s players during a game in which Liverpool defender Joe Gomez was left with a fractured leg after a collision with Ben Mee.

Dyche labelled that challenge “fantastic” before a bulletin was released on Gomez’s condition but Klopp felt his opposite number’s approach was designed to be a diversionary tactic.

Liverpool’s manager said: “Daniel Sturridge is no cheat. I think what Sean tried to do there is to bring up another subject so somebody could speak about that. I’m not sure if he spoke about the challenge of [Phil] Bardsley on Alberto Moreno?

“What do we talk about? We all have our own interests and aims? What can I say? After that game they are talking about one situation where a player goes down without contact, I don’t know if the referee even judged it?

“It was a normal situation which can happen, sometimes a striker expects a tackle and tries to avoid it by jumping? I can’t avoid it if people want to discuss Daniel. But, on the other side, I said what I had to say about that after the game, and different opinions are allowed obviously.”

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