Jurgen Klopp Apologizes For Yelling at Fourth Official

Jurgen Klopp
Jurgen Klopp at Anfield, Liverpool, January 31. Klopp has apologized for shouting at a fourth official. Clive Mason/Getty

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has apologized for shouting at a fourth official during his team's draw with Premier League leader Chelsea on Tuesday night.

Antonio Conte's Chelsea extended its lead at the top of the table to nine points, after David Luiz's free-kick earned his side a point when Giorgino Wijnaldum equalized.

But Klopp was reported to be shouting at touchline official Neil Swarbrick when Diego Costa was awarded a 76th-minute penalty when felled by Joel Matip. Costa missed the spot-kick.

"I want to say something because no one asked me about the fourth official thing," Klopp said Tuesday, as quoted by The Times. "You cannot write a story without asking me what happened. I know from Germany that you make a big story tomorrow reading lips or whatever.

"I said, 'Nobody can beat us,' which is obviously not true, but it felt for me like that in this moment. Then I went back to the fourth official and said he was absolutely the wrong person to say it to.

"I said, 'Sorry, I was a little bit excited,' but he said, 'No problem. I like your passion.'"

The incident came a week after Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was given a four-match touchline ban for pushing a fourth official.

Liverpool, fourth in the Premier League, is one point off second-place Tottenham but only three points ahead of Manchester City, in fifth.

Klopp's team travels to the KCOM Stadium on Saturday to face Marco Silva's Hull City.