Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp played down the row with Sevilla’s coaching staff which saw the Spanish side’s manager Eduardo Berizzo sent to the stands for trying to time-waste.
Words were exchanged between the Reds boss and the visitors’ bench after the 2-2 Champions League draw at Anfield, where the club’s pinata football provided no sweet ending.
But Klopp said his part in the dismissal – when Berizzo threw the ball away from Joe Gomez for a second time at a throw-in – had nothing to do with him and the issue had been cleared up after the game.
“They think I had something to do with the red card of my colleague. I don’t think I had a percentage of influence on this decision,” he said.
“I was not happy with him throwing the ball away. I was not exceptionally emotional in this situation. He threw the ball away but I didn’t send him to the stand.
“The manager of Sevilla asked me to come into the dressing room as he wanted to explain to me the situation of his red card. There were a lot of smiles on their faces.”