Klopp reveals Salah hug behind Hughton spat after Liverpool's thrashing of Brighton

The two managers had an altercation following the Reds' victory on the south coast on Saturday, with the German revealing the reason behind the spat

Jurgen Klopp has revealed the reason why Brighton & Hove Albion boss Chris Hughton was angry with him following Liverpool's 5-1 victory at the Amex on Saturday.

Two goals from Roberto Firmino, an Emre Can header, a Philippe Coutinho effort and an own goal from Lewis Dunk saw Klopp's side return to Merseyside with a victory that kept them three points behind third-place Chelsea.

Klopp was confronted by Albion boss Hughton on the full-time whistle, initially thought to be a result of the Reds boss' exuberant celebrations on the touchline throughout the game.

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Both managers refused to talk about the incident in their post-match interviews but Klopp has now lifted the lid, claiming there was a mix-up over a handshake.

“It was a misunderstanding, nothing else,” Klopp told reporters ahead of Liverpool's Champions League tie against Spartak Moscow on Wednesday.

“No one asked me about it after the game when I could have killed the discussion immediately. I have to apologise – not that I did something wrong on purpose, it just happened.

“I went to go to Chris to shake his hand but Mo Salah passed my way so I gave him a hug and Chris wasn’t too happy about that.

Coutinho Liverpool celebrate

"We shook hands and he said what he thought – and it is what I think as well – that you should shake the hand of the other manager first, but it was not on purpose and after the game I spoke to Chris and his assistant.

"I think and I hope everything is fine. For one or two times in my life I was disrespectful but I would never be disrespectful in a moment like this.

"I can only apologise, it was not my intention.”

Liverpool remain fourth in the Premier League rankings, while Brighton occupy 12th place after 15 fixtures.

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