The war of words between the pair continues following their disagreement during the Reds’ 3-1 victory at Burnley on Wednesday night
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has defended Daniel Sturridge after Burnley boss Sean Dyche labelled the striker a cheat.
Dyche appeared to fall out with Klopp in the aftermath of the Reds’ 3-1 victory at Turf Moor on Wednesday.
The Clarets manager later revealed his frustration when Sturridge went down too easily in his eyes to win a free-kick in the first half.
“It’s funny, he didn’t reference Daniel Sturridge’s cheating,” said the Burnley boss when talking about Klopp’s comments that his side were overly physical.
“I just can’t believe Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool fans – and I don’t believe they do – would want cheating in the game and sacrifice good, honest challenges.”
But Klopp responded: “Sturridge is no cheat.
“I’m not sure if he spoke about the challenge of [Phil] Bardsley on Alberto Moreno.
“The game is really hard and sometimes a striker expects a tackle by jumping.”
The feud between the two began after Klopp suggested Burnley were too rough in their tackles on Wednesday night, with Dyche accusing the German of ‘trying to reinvent the rules’.
Ben Mee’s hard-but-fair challenge has sidelined Joe Gomez for up to six weeks and Liverpool will also be unable to call on Dejan Lovren at Bournemouth on Saturday due to a concussion.
On Virjil van Dijk’s workload, Klopp added: “It’s not the same intensity but with Joe out and Dejan out we don’t have to think about that.”
Forward Sadio Mane is also set to miss out on the trip to the south coast.