Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was raging with one of his staff members after they applauded Andreas Christensen’s red card.

The Chelsea defender was dismissed for rugby tackling Sadio Mane last man at the end of the first half yesterday.

VAR had to intervene after the Blues centre-half was initially handed a yellow card by on-field referee Paul Tierney.

The decision was overturned after he checked the pitchside monitor, though, and Chelsea failed to recover.

Mane bagged a brace early in the second half as Liverpool won 2-0 in west London, showing Frank Lampard’s Chelsea exactly what it takes to be Premier League champions.

Klopp, however, was far from happy with some unsportsmanlike behaviour on his bench during the game.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was raging on the touchline before half time

"Are you crazy? We never ever do that, ok?," Klopp could be heard shouting from the sidelines at a member of his staff when Christensen had to walk.

After the game, Klopp clarified the situation and said: “It was not one of my subs but another member of staff and I told him already what I thought and he is good with that.

"I am fine with that but in the moment it wasn't what I wanted to see.

Andreas Christensen clearly pulled Sadio Mane down
Andreas Christensen swiftly left the pitch when the decision was confirmed
Andreas Christensen swiftly left the pitch when the decision was confirmed

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"I saw the sending off only in the situation. I saw Christensen's arms around Sadio so I thought in the moment it is a sending off but I couldn't see it back since then so if you have seen it differently, then I respect that.

"Would we have won it [if Chelsea had XI]? Who knows that! I thought we were good in the first half so I thought we could win it but if we would, I don't know.

"We know that it was a different game in the second half but I liked our first half already. I liked the way we tried to find solutions with the way we played. I liked the way we took on a difficult game.

Jurgen Klopp was furious with the Liverpool bench's reaction to Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen's sending off
Jurgen Klopp was furious with the Liverpool bench's reaction to Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen's sending off

"That was already very good and I was ready for a very positive half-time talk with a few pictures on what we could have done differently, where we have to move quicker, pass quicker, easier and stuff like this. Then, the red card, yes and it changed the game."

Liverpool overcame their first hurdle in their bid to defend their Premier League crown.

And their third top flight game of the new campaign comes next Monday when they face Arsenal away.

Chelsea, meanwhile, must bounce back in their bid to challenge for the title when they head to West Brom on Saturday.