By Nick Ware

19th Sep, 2021 | 10:10am

Jeff Stelling and Kris Boyd criticise Jurgen Klopp after Leeds United incident

Jeff Stelling and Kris Boyd were unhappy with Jurgen Klopp’s involvement in last weekend’s clash between Leeds United and Liverpool.

Liverpool won 3-0 at Elland Road, but the biggest talking point was the serious injury suffered by Harvey Elliott in the second half of Sunday’s game.

Whites defender Pascal Struijk was shown a red card for the challenge that led to Elliott’s substitution, with Klopp seen speaking to the referee on the pitch.

“He shouldn’t be there,” Kris Boyd told Sky Sports Soccer Saturday [18/0921], after Stelling questioned the role of the Reds boss, nearly a week after the incident.

“Do I think it’s a red card? No, but it’s a real shame and I hope he comes back.

“Yes, he [Klopp] has no right to be there but I don’t know in terms of influencing the referee to make a decision, I don’t know.

“But I will agree with you there Jeff, he shouldn’t be on the pitch.”

Stelling replied: “Well, we didn’t particularly enjoy having him in the ear of the referee there.”

Influence?

The decision to dismiss Struijk seemed strange given the referee was in close proximity and appeared to wave play on.

It looked like once the severity of the situation was apparent that the decision was made to send Struijk off.

That has led to pundits and fans suggesting Klopp may have had an overbearing influence on the referee and played a part in the Whites man being shown a red card.

It’s difficult to prove that theory without hearing from the referee himself, and he would surely dismiss that notion instantaneously.

Leeds appealed Struijk’s three-game suspension but the FA rejected it, and after missing the 1-1 draw with Newcastle United on Friday, the Belgian-born defender must sit out further games against Fulham and West Ham this month.

In other Leeds United news, The Athletic reported this week that the Whites made a summer approach to sign this English attacker from a Premier League rival.