Liverpool fans have taken to Twitter to react after Bayern Munich boss Niko Kovac revealed that his players feigned injury in order to waste time in the Champions League last 16 tie at Anfield.
The former Eintracht Frankfurt manager led his side to a 0-0 draw in the first leg of the tie at Anfield, but decided against pursuing a potentially crucial away goal in favour of running the clock down with some crafty game management.
As quoted by This Is Anfield, Kovac said to Sky Sports: “We all know the drill: it’s close to the final whistle and you try to waste a bit of time.
“Javi (Martinez) has good performance data, meaning he couldn’t have even had a cramp. That’s all a bit of acting.”
Whilst his comments could quite rightly infuriate Liverpool fans, they must realise that the Croatian was obviously fearful of the Reds’ attacking threat, and subsequently decided to stick with what he had and take it back to Bavaria.
Kovac clearly respects Liverpool as being a serious threat to his side. He also admitted that Kingsley Coman pretended to have cramp in the recent 3-2 win over Hertha Berlin, so this tactic is one that Kovac clearly uses quite often and that Jurgen Klopp may even need to develop into his management style if his side are to become ruthless winners.
Let’s see how Liverpool fans on Twitter reacted to the news…
But salah gets called a cheat and diver by the nation when he gets fouled yet this is called ‘Tactical Nous’
— Ian Davies (@davies_ian) February 21, 2019
Seems he’s petrified of us getting hold of them properly
— Scouse Colossus (@ScouseColossus) February 21, 2019
Showing alot of respect for LFC .
I hate this part of the game and sometimes I wish Klopp could employ it in some games…. He is too honest
— MosesG (@NaksLfcRed) February 21, 2019
I paid £145 for my ticket and all I can remember was their No. 8 rolling around on the grass. It was embarrassing.
— Abdul M. Ismail (@AbdulMIsmail) February 21, 2019
Kovac can keep talking as it’s so obvious there’s no point challenging it. You see it in L1 here, it’s everywhere, but never with Klopps team.
— Darren Dickinson (@parchpea) February 21, 2019
Hope karma bites them in the second leg
— Irwan Cornelius (@wancrnls) February 21, 2019
Isn’t this something UEFA can investigate? feigning injury@surely brings the game into disrepute?
— John Reed (@johno_mk) February 21, 2019
What a coward and lazy way to play soccer. I least expected this from a club of this magnitude. Karma will speak for LFC in Germany. A lazy coach and a team that is not ready to play football.
— Daniel Ekpenyong (@Engr_Danny007) February 22, 2019