Sean Dyche has been appointed as manager of Everton, where his rivalry with Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp will be reignited.
Everton sacked Frank Lampard amid relegation form and have been on the hunt for a new manager, with Dyche emerging as a safe option.
The 51-year-old had been linked to the Everton job for a while as Lampard struggled, and after Marcelo Bielsa rejected the opportunity, Dyche was a frontrunner.
And with his arrival on Merseyside, he can renew his rivalry with Klopp as the two had some fierce battles when the Englishman was manager of Burnley.
One particular battle happened at Anfield in the Covid-hit 2020/21 season when Liverpool were struggling on a run of six consecutive home defeats across all competitions.
Burnley, led by Dyche, were one of the sides to beat Liverpool in a tense 1-0 win that featured a bit of a bust-up.
It happened at half-time as the then-Burnley boss was walking into the dressing room and the two had a clash of words.
The German later said that he didn’t initiate the argument and that it wasn’t something that was to be taken lightly.
Dyche defended himself in his post-match press conference, whilst saying it wasn’t a big deal.
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“You know you come to these places, you know we are allowed to actually fight,” he said.
“We are allowed to actually try and win. That’s all it was. Nothing that shouldn’t be out of the normal.
“Just two managers fighting for their team, wanting to win a game. There’s nothing more than that.”
Everton will be hoping to rattle Klopp in the same way when they meet in the Merseyside derby on February 13, and hopefully for them, kick off a similar run.
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