BBC pundit criticises Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp

Jurgen Klopp, Manager of Liverpool looks on before the Premier League match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Liverpool at Amex Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Brighton, England.

Garth Crooks has strong words for Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, while Stoke City striker Peter Crouch praises defenders Dejan Lovren and Joel Matip.

Jurgen Klopp, Manager of Liverpool looks on before the Premier League match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Liverpool at Amex Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Brighton, England.

Garth Crooks has criticised Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, as quoted by BBC Sport.

The former Tottenham Hotspur and West Bromwich Albion forward has suggested that Liverpool boss Klopp should not have celebrated the win against Brighton and Hove Albion the way he did.

The Reds hammered Brighton 5-1 away from home at the American Express Community Stadium in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon.

Klopp celebrated each and every Liverpool goal with gusto, and did not immediately shake hands with Brighton manager Chris Hughton.

Although the pair did shake hands after the match, BBC Sport pundit Crooks was not impressed with the Liverpool manager and has criticised him.

Jurgen Klopp, Manager of Liverpool looks on before the Premier League match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Liverpool at Amex Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Brighton, England.

Crooks wrote on BBC Sport: “I understand the importance of winning, but this was Brighton. What I do take exception to is any manager being kept waiting to shake hands once a game has finished, while his opposite number finishes hugging and kissing his players and staff in celebration of their victory.

“I sense this was exactly what happened after the final whistle, and why Chris Hughton tore a strip off Klopp immediately after the game and quite rightly.

“What is happening to the traditions of this great game? Has winning and money destroyed everything we hold dear? The convention is we shake hands immediately after a game because it brings closure to the occasion, and it starts with the managers.

“The game's conventions are bigger than any manager or player, and if either can't be bothered to perform the duty, I suggest they find another profession that can afford their bad manners.”

Peter Crouch of Stoke City celebrates victory after the Premier League match between Stoke City and Swansea City at Bet365 Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Stoke on Trent, England.

Meanwhile, Stoke City striker Peter Crouch has praised Liverpool central defenders Dejan Lovren and Joel Matip in The Daily Mail.

Crouch featured for Stoke in the Premier League game against Liverpool at the bet365 Stadium last month which the Reds won 3-0.

“People talk about Liverpool not being solid but I thought the two central defenders, Dejan Lovren and Joel Matip, were really difficult to play against,” Crouch wrote in The Daily Mail. “They were decent.

“I know they have come in for a lot of stick but they were really, really solid. They are going to be in the top four, fighting until the end of the season.”

Liverpool are fourth in the Premier League table at the moment with 29 points from 15 matches.

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