It’s been almost a week since Liverpool’s heated 2-2 draw at home to West Brom but the dust between the two managers is yet to settle.
Following the match, Reds boss Jurgen Klopp refused to shake his opposite number Tony Pulis’ hand, and accused the Baggies of playing “long ball” football.
But in his weekly press conference ahead of tomorrow’s match at home to Bournemouth, Pulis hit back at the German, sarcastically apologising on West Brom’s behalf for gaining a creditable draw at Anfield.
He said via The Daily Mirror: “I think it was disappointing but he’s got his opinions and he can say what he wants.
“We apologise we actually played three longer passes in 99 minutes than Liverpool did in that game.
“As a football club we apologise to Liverpool for playing three longer passes.
“Everything you hear and everything talked about today there’s always a bit of spin on it.
“If I had a team that was worth £200 million playing against a team that was worth less than £20 million and we never won that game I’d be doing my best to divert it away from the fact that I had 10 times more value on the pitch than my opposition number had and couldn’t win the game.
“I’m just stating the facts. Forget all the spin, that’s the facts.
“I don’t know the fella, I don’t want to say anything else. They were the facts.
“We’ve got a big game Saturday, a game that we think will be more difficult than the Liverpool game.”
Tough words from Pulis, there. It’ll be interesting to hear Klopp’s retort, if indeed he has one.
The two clubs meet again at The Hawthorns on May 15 when a lot could be at stake for both teams. We can’t wait for it already, should be tasty.