It is fair to say Jurgen Klopp and Sean Dyche have not always seen eye-to-eye, and when the Liverpool and Burnley boss take to the field, there are often plenty of fireworks
Anybody who believes opposites attract should look at Jurgen Klopp and Sean Dyche.
The Liverpool manager and the Burnley boss are two hugely different characters who have regularly been sparring with each other on the touchline and in their press conferences.
As the two current longest-serving managers in the Premier League today, Dyche and Klopp have faced each other on many occasions this season.
Their meeting at Turf Moor will be their 13th occasion they have gone to battle in the Premier League.
With plenty at stake for both sides at their respective ends of the table, Mirror Football has taken a look at their storied history.
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Dyche and Klopp first came to blows in 2018, when Liverpool overcame the Clarets with an impressive 3-1 away victory.
The match seemed to pass without any newsworthy incidents, until the final whistle when both managers did their customary post-match handshake.
As Klopp and Dyche embraced, the latter began scolding the German in his very confused and stunned-looking face.
The Burnley boss was allegedly slamming the German’s touchline antics and behaviour throughout the contest
Dyche was reportedly most incensed by Klopp’s repeated complaining to the fourth officials, where he was reportedly demanding several yellow cards for Burnley players.
Unsurprisingly, Dyche did not take exception to these antics and proceeded to hold many heated discussions with the Liverpool boss.
After their fractious rivalry seemed to disappear for two years, they returned to blows last January when Burnley stunned the Reds with a 1-0 away victory at Anfield.
After Ashley Barnes and Fabinho came to blows on the stroke of half-time, Klopp, who had disappeared down the tunnel in preparation for his half-time speech, re-emerged after hearing VAR was checking the incident for a possible red card.
When the check was complete, Dyche sped past Klopp while uttering something at the former Borussia Dortmund boss.
A then furious Klopp followed him down the tunnel and then, in full-view of the sniper like Sky Sports cameras, gesticulated and shouted at the Burnley boss.
After many loud words and plenty of gesturing, Dyche and Klopp both fretted down into their respective changing rooms.
“You know when we come to these places, we are allowed to actually fight and are actually allowed to try and win. That’s all it was,” Dyche said after the game when asked about the incident.
“It was nothing out of the normal – just two managers fighting to win a game. There’s nothing wrong with that.”
However, the technical areas of Anfield and Turf Moor are not the only battlegrounds to have seen Dyche and Klopp have sparred each other.
Their regular disagreements have also been held in their press conferences, particularly when the subject of five substitutions is brought up.
Dyche is one of the most vocal opposers to the rule, which would allow all Premier League teams five substitutions instead of three in all matches.
And Dyche responded to the Liverpool boss after he suggested managers who are against the five substitution rule are putting player welfare at risk.
“If I’m now the Liverpool manager, do you think I want five subs? Of course I do exactly.” Dyche said on New Years’ Day.
“If I was at that level at that club I’d say the same. In fact, I’d say I wanted seven subs because I’ve got all these top-class footballers who want to play and the more I can get them on the pitch, the better.
“People suggested I was talking about Liverpool and I wasn’t. The fact is their challenge is different to ours. Their success brings lots more games.
“If you’re facing my challenge now, you say, ‘Hang on a minute, does five subs give me more power? No, it doesn’t, because I haven’t got 25 world-renowned figures in my squad’.
“To say I wouldn’t be in favour of five subs is a misconception. My view is that the superpower clubs just have a bit more leeway because they carry big squads of top international players. If you can change five of those, it must be some kind of advantage.”
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