Jurgen Klopp told ‘he picked on the wrong man’ during touchline spat with Duncan Ferguson as Liverpool crash to Everton defeat
“He picked on the wrong man.” The words of Arsenal legend Perry Groves when the topic of Duncan Ferguson’s touchline argument with Jurgen Klopp arose on The Sunday Session.
Klopp is believed to have shouted out ‘Why are you laughing?’ towards a smiling Ferguson during a brief, but heated, first half exchange during Saturday’s Merseyside derby – which Everton won 2-0.
The Toffees secured their first win at the home of their city neighbours since 1999 to heap the misery on the reigning champions and unsurprisingly Klopp wasn’t in the best of moods.
“We are allowed to talk or is it just you Jurgen?” reportedly came the reply from Ferguson, before journalist Julien Laurens claims Seamus Coleman stepped in and intervened.
Former Manchester United striker Andy Cole felt Ferguson’s cheeky response was a lack of respect towards Klopp’s men. “It was a bit naughty considering what Liverpool have done – especially over the past few seasons,” he told talkSPORT.
“Remember this is the first time Everton have beaten Liverpool at Anfield since 1999.”
Groves issued an emphatic verdict on the spat, adding: “He picked on the wrong man. The one person you don’t pick on is big Dunc! Do you know what I mean?
“He chases house breakers and robbers over back gardens for about four miles. You just don’t pick on Big Dunc.”
The result – secured thanks to a Richarlison strike and Gylfi Sigurdsson’s second-half penalty – puts Everton level on points with Liverpool.
After delivering something a generation of Toffees fans hadn’t experienced, the manager’s message was clear and hilarious in equal measure.
“Celebrate tonight with a good glass of wine and passion for Everton,” Carlo Ancelotti told Everton fans in an interview with talkSPORT.
While Ancelotti was relatively restrained in celebrating the win, his players and assistant Ferguson most certainly were not.
Former Everton striker Ferguson embraced a number of the playing squad as the final whistle blew.
And the celebrations didn’t stop there. There were jubilant scenes in the away dressing room which fans were given a sneak peek into thanks to Niels Nkounkou’s Snapchat story.
“I think the happiest man in our team was Duncan,” Ancelotti said as the blue half basked in the win.
As a player, Ferguson has been involved in many Merseyside derby tussles and was quite rightly going to enjoy every moment of this long-awaited victory.