Jürgen Klopp apologises for upsetting Chris Hughton after Brighton match

• Liverpool manager says breach of managerial protocol was to blame
• Reds coach has been criticised for exuberant celebrations at the Amex

Jürgen Klopp has apologised for annoying Chris Hughton but claimed a breach of managerial protocol, and not his touchline antics, prompted their fall-out at Brighton on Saturday.

The Liverpool manager has been criticised for exuberantly celebrating a 5-1 win at the Amex Stadium, where his Brighton and Hove Albion counterpart took issue with his behaviour after the final whistle. The two managers did not divulge details of their exchange after Saturday’s game but, speaking before Liverpool’s Champions League tie against Spartak Moscow, Klopp admitted he upset Hughton by hugging Mohamed Salah before shaking the Brighton manager’s hand.

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