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Richard Keys suggests Jurgen Klopp was to blame for Kostas Tsimikas’ broken collarbone –

as he claims the Liverpool boss standing so close to the pitch is ‘dangerous’ ichard Keys has blamed Jurgen Klopp for the broken collarbone suffered by Liverpool defender Kostas Tsimikas in Saturday night’s 1-1 draw with Arsenal.

Bukayo Saka collided into Tsimikas right in front of Klopp’s technical area, where the Liverpool manager was standing just inches from the touchline.

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Klopp was upended by the flying Tsimikas, who landed hard on his shoulder. The Reds boss appeared to fall onto the Greek’s leg but the main damage was done to his upper body.
Keys, who has regularly railed against Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta’s touchline antics, tweeted: ‘It’s an irony that it’s Klopp – with Arteta in the other technical area – but that’s exactly why a coach being too close to the playing area is dangerous.’
While presenting beIN Sports’ coverage of the fixture, Keys added: ‘This is why coaches too near the playing surface – and I’ve said it since we identified Arteta, and it’s ironic he’s in the other technical area, as a serial offender – this is what can happen.
He is in his technical area but when coaches step outside of them, and they’re too close, that is always going to be a danger.’

Klopp confirmed after the match left-back Tsimikas will be ‘out for a long time’ with his collarbone issue and said the injury nullified any positives from the Anfield draw.

Mohamed Salah earned Liverpool a point in the top-of-the-table clash after Gabriel headed the Gunners in front – and the outcome leaves the Reds just a point behind leaders Arsenal at Christmas.

The setback adds to Liverpool’s woes because Andy Robertson is also out at the moment with a shoulder injury.

Klopp said he did not initially think it was a ‘real problem’, because he felt no pain, before adding: ‘I would happily give my collarbone to Kostas so he could be fit again’.
He added: ‘I was completely fine. Of course that’s not cool when it’s directly in front of you and you’re kind of involved. I wasn’t even sure if I fell on him or how it happened. And yeah these things should not happen.’

The Reds will have to go into a busy festive period without the Greek left-back, with a trip to Burnley on Boxing Day, and Newcastle coming to Anfield on New Year’s Day.

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