West Brom manager Tony Pulis says small clubs are no longer afraid of the big boys after 2?2 draw with Liverpool


Tony Pulis, the West Bromwich Albion manager, said that the Premier League’s superpowers needed to get used to ‘smaller clubs’ standing up to them, after an acrimonious 2‑2 draw with Liverpool.

Liverpool v West Brom: as it happened

Pulis did not receive a handshake from Jürgen Klopp, and was uncertain if he would receive the usual courtesy of a post-match drink with his rival. Klopp had earlier celebrated a 96th-minute equaliser by Divock Origi in full view of the visitors’ bench at Anfield.

Klopp shakes hands with Mark O'Connor, Pulis's assistant, at full time

“He has got to do what he has got to do,” Pulis said. “He is animated. I have been animated all my life on the bench. I have no problems with that. It is his dugout. The big clubs – who have got everything – know this is a league where the smaller clubs compete.

“I am more disappointed about the way they came back to make it 2-2. The great thing about this league is irrespective of all the money, power and talent clubs like Liverpool have, smaller clubs will come here and have a go and that is what we have done today.”

Dejan Lovren had to depart after a Craig Gardner challenge ended his afternoon

A tackle by Craig Gardner on Dejan Lovren appeared to rile Klopp, although the German made no complaint afterwards. Lovren will need a scan having suffered a gash on his right knee that needed stitches. “It was like the whole game. On the edge of everything,” Klopp said.

Pulis responded: “The two worst challenges in the game are [James] Milner’s challenge on Craig Gardner and [Martin] Skrtel’s challenge on Salomon Rondon. Gardner has played the ball.”

West Brom remonstrated with officials after a Jonas Olsson goal was ruled offside

West Brom also had a Jonas Olsson goal correctly adjudged offside, although it was ruled out in odd circumstances. “The linesman never put his flag up,” Pulis said. “We will speak to the officials on Monday to find out why that is. If the flag goes up at the time, we accept everything.”

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