Klopp accused of being 'infected by the disease of arrogance' by former Palace chairman Jordan

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The Liverpool boss is under fire for robust remarks after a win over Leicester took them eight points clear at the top of the Premier League

Jurgen Klopp appears to be becoming more and more arrogant, says former Crystal Palace chairman Simon Jordan.

Klopp’s Reds are currently eight points clear at the top of the Premier League table and on a run of 17 consecutive league victories dating back to last season.

But Jordan told talkSPORT: “I’ve noticed a slight change in Jurgen Klopp, in the language and robustness of his position.”

He used the German’s response to Hamza Choudhury’s challenge on Mohamed Salah, which resulted in the Egyptian being substituted, as an example of Klopp's recent arrogance.

“I thought his post-match interview [after Saturday's Leicester game] was very brusque and irritable, and I know that journalists can drive you mad with ridiculous questions, in his explanation of Salah and what happened to him.

“I didn’t see him complain about what Trent Alexander-Arnold had done to molest a player by dragging his studs down the back of his Achilles.

“He was very aggressive and on the front foot about what happened to Salah.

“I’m just wondering, part and parcel of the appeal of Klopp that’s gotten him away with certain things over the last two-and-a-half years – before he won the Champions League he was a perennial final loser for Liverpool – and I’m now looking at him thinking, ‘you have now won something for Liverpool, are you changing your demeanour?’

“There was a mesmeric million dollar smile that brought all aspects of the media to be a universal admirer of Klopp.

“But is he changing? Is he becoming infected by this disease of arrogance that lots of football managers get?”

Liverpool were given good news on Monday when it was revealed that Salah did not suffer serious damage following Choudhury’s challenge. 

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Initial scans showed no significant injury beyond a twisted left ankle, with no ligament damage or fracture.

The Reds will continue to monitor Salah, with the hope that the star attacker will be fit for the club's next match, away at old rivals Manchester United on October 20.

Liverpool will head into the fixture already 15 points clear of struggling United, who are in 12th place after last weekend's defeat at Newcastle.