Garth Crooks has backed Brighton manager Chris Hughton after the 58-year-old was involved in a tense exchange with Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp after their clash on Saturday.
After Liverpool romped home to a comfortable 5-1 victory at Brighton, Chris Hughton initially appeared to snub Jurgen Klopp at the full-time whistle before waiting for the German to finish his wild celebrations and exchanging heated words with the Liverpool boss.
Speaking about the moment on Match of the Day, Ian Wright stated that Klopp has gotten carried away with his over exuberance on the touchline stating that the German manager is ‘doing people’s heads in.’
“The thing with Herr Klopp is, when you score four or five, the fist-pumping and the gurning kind of gets to you,” said Wright.
“I’m sure there are other managers who feel the same way about him. He’s doing people’s heads in.”
Speaking about the incident in his BBC Sport team of the weekend column, Garth Crooks echoed Wright’s comments stating that Klopp was disrespecting the traditions of the game.
“Losing 5-1 is no fun, especially when Reds manager Jurgen Klopp is fist-pumping every goal and celebrating with his staff like it’s the final of the Champions League,” Crooks wrote. “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…
“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.”
Liverpool have a crucial Champions League match against Spartak Moscow this Wednesday at Anfield while Brighton will travel to Huddersfield this weekend in the Premier League.