Liverpool boss Klopp set to renew bitter rivalry with Dyche after Anfield bust-up
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Sean Dyche is reportedly expected to be announced as the new Everton manager today - and his second fixture in charge is set to be against Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp at Anfield.
Should he officially be appointed, Dyche will be tasked with keeping the 19th-placed Toffees in the Premier League, with a tough run of fixtures to come.
The upcoming Merseyside derby on February 13 would be a key matchup for Dyche - and a famous Anfield victory he orchestrated with his Burnley side in 2021 has come back into focus.
Dyche/Klopp tunnel row remembered
In the 2020/21 season, Liverpool went on a run of six consecutive home defeats in all competitions, and Dyche's Clarets were one of the teams to secure victory over them.
Ashley Barnes scored the only goal of the game with a late penalty, and Burnley frustrated the Reds for much of the 90 minutes.
Liverpool had 72 per cent possession and 27 shots, but could not find a way past the Clarets defence and goalkeeper Nick Pope.
Whilst the result gained plenty of attention, the most memorable moment was an incident between Dyche and Klopp at half-time.
Jurgen Klopp & Sean Dyche exchange strong words in the tunnel at half-time 🤬 pic.twitter.com/rvnGEWMBiX— Football Daily (@footballdaily) January 21, 2021
The Burnley boss began to walk down the tunnel before Klopp launched some angry words in his direction whilst following him down the tunnel. Dyche fired back, and the two engaged in a heated row.
Speaking after the match, the German refused to expand on what the incident was about, apart from saying 'it's not nothing' and that he 'didn't start it'.
Dyche, for his part, told Sky Sports: "You know you come to these places, you know we are allowed to actually fight. We are allowed to actually try and win. That's all it was. Nothing that shouldn't be out of the normal. Just two managers fighting for their team, wanting to win a game. There's nothing more than that."
The following year, however, Klopp did state he'd like to be stuck on a desert island with none other than Dyche because of his ability to engineer an escape, suggesting relations between the two have improved. Everton will be hoping their new boss, if appointed, can do exactly that in the Premier League this season - and get one over on Liverpool in the process if possible.