Burnley's Nick Pope admits he was surprised by Jurgen Klopp's comments

Nick Pope believes new Premier League initiative to let matches flow is ‘good for the game worldwide’ as he admits he was surprised by Jurgen Klopp likening Burnley’s tactics to ‘wrestling’

  • Nick Pope feels the Premier League will benefit from letting the game flow 
  • Pope was surprised by Jurgen Klopp comparing Burnley’s tactics to ‘wrestling’ 
  • The goalkeeper stated the supporters want less soft fouls and soft penalties 

Burnley’s Nick Pope says Premier League moves to let the game flow will benefit its global audience, despite criticism from Jurgen Klopp.

Pope admitted being shocked by the Liverpool manager likening Burnley tactics to ‘wrestling’ after their game at Anfield last weekend.

‘We were surprised by the comments. There weren’t any bookings, it wasn’t a massively dirty game so it was a bit of a strange one,’ said the England goalkeeper.

Nick Pope believes that the new Premier League initiative to let the game flow is a positive

‘We’re a competitive team but haven’t had a red card in more than 90 games. We’re fair, maybe a bit different to some teams nowadays but nothing untoward or over the top.

‘The league have come out and said they want to see less soft fouls, less soft pens. That’s something the fans want and it’s good for game worldwide.

‘Some of the play acting last year was a bit of a disgrace and emphasised by the fact there was no crowd.

‘You could hear the screams and 15 seconds later lads were up running around, and that didn’t sit well with many people.’

Pope was surprised when Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp likened Burnley’s tactics to wrestling

Burnley are looking for their points of the season against Leeds today with Pope looking to bounce back from his Euros disappointment by challenging Jordan Pickford to be England’s No1 at the World Cup next year.

Pope had to pull out of the summer’s tournament to undergo knee surgery but has been called into Gareth Southgate’s first squad of this season for qualifiers against Hungary, Andorra and Poland.

Incidentally, he did attend the Euro 2020 final against Italy as a fan with his dad and will now be cheered on by both parents if he faces Andorra at Wembley next Sunday with Pickford likely to play the other two games.

The goalkeeper knows that he faces a difficult task to get ahead of Jordan Pickford for England

‘I’m realistic knowing Jordan is coming off the back of two really good tournaments, the last World Cup and Euros,’ added Pope.

‘The World Cup is a long time away though so I’d be unambitious to write everything off now, to say I’m definitely not going to play. That wouldn’t really show a great deal of desire if I didn’t want to pursue that and have it as a target.’

‘I go along to every squad looking to push the other goalkeepers and support them.

‘I watched every minute of the Euros. It was difficult but still wanted England to do well because I knew the majority of the squad and the manager has been really good to me. It gave me a degree of happiness to see them do well.’

Pope’s parents David and Bridget have followed him everywhere since he turned pro. ‘It’s a bit unfortunate for my brother Josh who also plays in goal, for Mildenhall (Eastern Counties)!’

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