By Richard Parks
Jurgen Klopp demonstrated his class by embracing Patrice Evra at the end of Liverpool’s 4-1 Premier League win against West Ham, according to a report.
The Sunday Times claim the German refused to get caught up in the negativity directed at the former Manchester United defender from a section of Anfield by giving him a trademark bear hug.
Evra’s West Ham debut was marked by jeering from Liverpool and chants of “one lying b******”, from a minority, who blame him for the eight-game ban handed Suarez, when the FA found the forward guilty of racially insulting Evra in 2011.
“I heard [the barracking] but I don’t have the same history with Evra as maybe supporters do. I can’t say anything about that,” Klopp said, as quoted by the Sunday Times.
Evra played the full 90 minutes of the match in a left wing-back role after signing as a free agent earlier this month.
He struggled against the youth and vitality of Liverpool right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold and was also outjumped by Emre Can for the home side’s opening goal from a corner.
Further strikes from man-of-the-moment Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane comfortably cancelled out Michail Antonio’s goal to secure the three points for the home side and lift them to second in the Premier League table.