As a Liverpool fan it’s difficult to criticise Klopp, but let’s be honest if Mourinho had have run on to the pitch in the way Klopp did during the Everton match, he would be getting butchered by the fans and press right now. It seems Klopp can just do no wrong.
I cannot defend Klopp’s actions but I can offer some opinions as to why he gets away with this sort of thing when Mourinho wouldn’t. Personality and respect. These 2 traits come across very differently in the 2 managers. Klopp always appears very personable and open in his press conferences which makes him very likeable. Mourinho on the other hand seems more closed off and distant.
Any form of criticism Mourinho receives, he takes it very personally and sees it as disrespectful. With all his achievements in the game, he feels he should be immune from criticism but football is a fickle sport and people have short memories. Klopp can handle the criticism a little better usually giving more insight into the situation or trying to turn the criticism into a positive. Klopp never gets frustrated during interviews even if he receives some stupid questions unlike Mourinho.
All of these factors combined make Klopp a very likeable character in the world of football and therefore somewhat immune to criticism. He is also more likely to get away with some controversial acts such as running onto the pitch during a match. Something Mourinho would get lambasted for. In this particular incident Klopp is lucky the opposition manager Marco Silva and his players didn’t view the incident as disrespectful or react angrily which may help Klopp’s case if the FA come calling.
Let’s not let this incident take away from what was another great weekend in the Premier League. 3 big derbys today and 3 big wins. Spurs continue to blow hot and cold on the big matches this season. They’ve had 2 big wins against Man Utd and Chelsea but also convincing defeats to Liverpool and Arsenal now. After the first 2 matches of the season ended in defeat for Arsenal, they’ve been on an uphill roller-coaster ever since, quietly creeping back up the table and now look very capable of finishing in the top 4 or better.
After Jordan Pickford’s horrendous error gifted Liverpool a somewhat undeserved 96th minute victory in the Merseyside derby, Liverpool stay in touching distance behind Man City with just a 2 point difference. Despite the small gap at the top of the table Man City still appear to be on a different footballing planet to the rest of the Premier League. They managed to cruise to a relatively comfortable 3-1 win against a determined Bournemouth without their 3 most influential players, Aguero, de Bruyne and Silva although the latter did appear as a substitute.
Man Utd also stumbled to another draw against a very poor Southampton side, or is it the other way around.