Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp offered an apology to West Brom manager Tony Pulis for his behaviour during and after last weekend’s heated encounter.
The pair interacted with each other on a number of occasions during the feisty 2-2 Premier League draw at Anfield and Klopp did not exchange the customary handshake with his opposite number.
Speaking immediately after the match, Klopp said he had not shaken hands because “it was not a friendly game” and also criticised West Brom’s style of play.
Pulis argued Klopp’s criticism was to deflect attention from the Reds’ failings.
The Welshman said: “’We apologise. We actually played three longer passes in 99 minutes than what Liverpool played in that game.
“But if I had a team that was worth £200million, playing against a team that was worth less than £20million and we never won that game, I’d be doing my best to divert it away from the fact that I had 10 times more value on the pitch than my opposition and couldn’t win.”
Klopp ahead of Sunday’s clash with Watford chose to extend an olive branch.
“I can easily say sorry for everything I said during the game because I am very emotional, I think Tony Pulis is similar, and there were a few words. We were very close together.
“For me it was not a big problem.”