Actions sometimes speak louder than words.

Jose Mourinho said nice things about Albion after Manchester United's narrow and fortunate win at Old Trafford.

Jurgen Klopp was jumping for joy at the end of Liverpool's 5-1 win at the Amex.

Indeed, the German was so busy celebrating lavishly with his staff he did not notice that Chris Hughton, dignified and gracious as ever, was waiting to shake his hand.

Albion's manager, understandably, was unimpressed in the heat of the moment after a heavy defeat but, in the cold light of day, Klopp's response to the final whistle should be regarded as a huge compliment.

It emphasised that Klopp saw Hughton's Seagulls as a genuine threat to Liverpool's prolific run of form, not just a promoted side he was expecting to swat aside with ease.

That is the way it turned out in the end but, if that was what Klopp was anticipating, his celebration would have been more matter-of-fact.

In acting somewhat disrespectfully, he inadvertently showed great respect for Albion and the team Hughton has built.

Klopp played down the incident today ahead of tomorrow's Champions League tie against Spartak Moscow.

He said: "It was a misunderstanding, nothing else. I have to apologise, not for doing something wrong on purpose.

"I wanted to shake Chris's hand and Mo Salah came across, I gave him a hug, and Chris wasn't too happy.

"It was not on purpose and after the game I wanted to see him and I hope everything is fine."