Bruno Saltor made his managerial debut as Chelsea’s manager against Liverpool and even shared a sweet moment with Jurgen Klopp. Before the game, the Spaniard got a little bit of a ‘pep talk’ from the German manager ahead of his first official match as a manager.
The game itself, however, wasn’t nearly as heart-warming or emotional as their exchange. It ended up being a 0-0 draw, the fourth such scoreline in as many of the recent meetings between Chelsea and Liverpool.
Kai Havertz appeared to have scored a winner in the second half before VAR spotted a clear handball en route to the goal. Jordan Henderson got in a bit of a heated scuffle with Alisson and that was probably the most memorable thing to happen for Liverpool in the game.
With that being said, at least Bruno and Klopp enjoyed their first interaction as respective first-team bosses ahead of the really boring game.
What happened between Klopp and Bruno before kick-off?
As is tradition for many major Premier League games, managers often take time to greet each other before kick-off and even share some amusing interactions with each other. Klopp, for one, has developed a habit of joking around with opposition managers and being very emotional with his fist-bumps of hugs.
He appeared to have loved his interaction with Bruno ahead of his managerial debut, with the two sharing big smiles ahead of the game. Klopp was seen grinning at the Chelsea interim boss and grabbing him tightly, even his neck at one point in time. The two seemingly shared a joke and looked to be in a light-hearted mood during that moment.
However, the Liverpool gaffer was probably just congratulating Bruno for becoming the interim manager and for being able to manage his first Premier League game. Klopp is known for being supportive towards other coaches and was probably just giving him some advice on what can be expected for his managerial career.
Fans have a theory about Klopp’s love for bald people
This isn’t the first time that Klopp has gone up, close and personal with an opposition manager in the Premier League. He has shared some memorable moments with Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola. Even though Pep might be his rival off the pitch, they seem to have this weird vibe before and after the Liverpool vs Man City games.
Often before matches, they’re spotted chatting up like two old friends, and after games, their emphatic handshakes, hugs, and fist-bumps. Their passionate interactions after matches often have the same vibe as the electric performance of the respective teams.
Some fans are joking that Klopp might’ve confused Bruno for Pep, which is why he was so hands-on with the interaction with the interim Chelsea gaffer. Others seem to have created this theory that Klopp might have a thing for bald people.
Supporters believe that he just loves interacting with bald managers and can’t control himself from passionate interactions with them. The Liverpool squad, for one, doesn’t exactly have a lot of bald players right now.
While Klopp’s obsession with bald people are one only he can clarify, the German manager remains a friendly, encouraging boss even amidst Liverpool’s topsy-turvy season – with the Reds looking set to miss out on Champions League football next season.