Bruno Fernandes managed to wind up everyone associated with Liverpool during Manchester United’s 2-1 victory at Old Trafford on Monday night.
The Portuguese midfielder angered Liverpool’s players, coaching staff and supporters by holding onto the ball after Mohamed Salah scored to make it 2-1 with 10 minutes remaining.
Fernandes appeared keen to waste as much time as possible but it was a risky tactic considering he was already on a yellow card.
Referee Michael Oliver opted against booking Fernandes, United’s captain for the night in place of the benched Harry Maguire, for a second time – a decision some felt was lenient.
Klopp was unhappy with Fernandes
Per The Athletic’s Laurie Whitwell, Klopp had words with Fernandes shortly after his antics following Salah’s consolation goal.
Klopp giving some to Fernandes when he ran past for a drinks bottle. Then turns attentions to fourth official holding up 5mins added time. Clearly aggrieved at Fernandes ball-hogging. #MUFC pic.twitter.com/4b0dDMTTv8— Laurie Whitwell (@lauriewhitwell) August 22, 2022
And the Liverpool boss couldn’t hide his feelings towards Man Utd’s No. 8 after the full-time whistle, putting his hands around the Portugal international’s neck while pretending to strangle him.
Watch the clip here:
Jurgen Klopp can't hide his feelings towards Bruno Fernandes 😅 pic.twitter.com/7Gdop1IeUM— Football Daily (@footballdaily) August 22, 2022
Klopp was clearly irked until Fernandes diffused the situation.
Let’s check out some of the reaction from social media:
What did Jurgen Klopp say about Bruno Fernandes afterwards?
“It was not animated it was the most harmless conversation I ever had with a player, who was obviously as emotional as I was,”Klopp told reporters during his post-match press conference, per The Mirror.
“It was the situation with [Lisandro] Martinez, who went down under an ‘awful’ tackle that was obviously nothing.
“He [Fernandes] made a bit of it, he was talking to me and saying, ‘you’d do the same’.
“But it was fine after, he told me he needs these kind of conversations. Okay, it’s fine, use me!”
Will Bruno Fernandes be back to his best this season?
Fernandes will be looking to rediscover his best form this season after a disappointing 2021-22 campaign.
Signed from Sporting Lisbon in a deal worth £47 million in January 2020, the midfielder has been largely excellent for the Red Devils.
But he struggled in the team alongside his compatriot Cristiano Ronaldo last season.
Bruno Fernandes on Cristiano Ronaldo’s future
Asked about Ronaldo’s future after the Liverpool game, Fernandes told Eleven Sports, per the Daily Mail: “There is a lot of speculation. I may know one thing or another, but I won’t be the one who will say it.
“For now he is a United player, I don’t know about his future, if he will leave or if he will not leave.
“As he said, he will speak soon and they will have time to hear his words and what he has to say.
“He can continue at a high level and give us a lot of goals but it’s his decision.
“We have to respect what he wants to do, whatever he wants to do.
“If he’s going to stay, we’ll be happy about it, if he’s going to leave because he thinks it’s best for him, I’ll be personally happy for him.”
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Man Utd 2-1 Liverpool – Reaction (Football Terrace)