Chris Hughton has spoken out on the handshake incident with Jurgen Klopp that followed Brighton’s home defeat against Liverpool last week.
The Seagulls manager appeared displeased after the final whistle because Klopp didn’t go to him immediately to shake hands and was hugging Mohamed Salah instead.
Klopp later apologised for what happened and explained that it was just a misunderstanding as he wanted to go to Hughton to shake hands at full time but met Mohamed Salah in the way and eventually hugged him first.
But the 58-year-old has now admitted that he was upset after his team’s 5-1 thumping at the hands of Klopp’s men and in turn, overreacted a bit.
“Sometimes it’s an emotional game and even from myself when you’ve been at the bad end of a 5-1 defeat you’re obviously not too happy and you can be angry yourself, and possibly my reaction is a little bit different if our result was better,” Hughton told Sky Sports.
“I do believe what he said that it wasn’t something he’d done intentionally. You don’t want to take the emotions out of the game.”
Interestingly, while speaking on BBC’s Match of the Day, former Arsenal striker Ian Wright linked the incident to Klopp’s high voltage celebrations and insisted that the German is annoying fellow managers with his fist-pumping and ‘gurning’.
While seeing your team being thrashed and at the same time Klopp celebrating Liverpool’s every goal like a nutcase could definitely get on to your nerves, the whole world knows that the German is naturally passionate and doesn’t do all that simply to annoy his oppositions.
As long as he’s not being purposefully disrespectful, we are more than happy to see that fist-pumping and gurning week in week out, irrespective of how the opposition managers feel.