Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp has hit out at Garry Neville after the former Manchester United player had said Liverpool should forget about the Champions League so as to win the Premier League.
Klopp didn’t take too time to give a reply to the former Manchester United player.
However, the Liverpool manager didn’t take this opinion too well. Klopp believes a team who have won five Champions League should never write themselves off in this competition.
“How should that work? What do we do? We don’t play Champions League or what? Gary should come over and tell me exactly how that would work. How do you prepare a game and not focus on it? You bring your kids in the Champions League? That would be funny!”
Klopp totally lashed out at the former United man and asked for another response to tell what he should exactly do.
“I don’t know what he means with that, to be honest. We have to play football. A lot of people watch our games when we play Champions League, and that’s our job that we do the best we can do in all these games. That’s what we try. I don’t know exactly what it means but to focus on one competition can only be if maybe you are already out of the competition nearly. If it’s late in the season that you see you have a chance to do that or do this and all that stuff.”
Klopp further explained why it’s not possible to concentrate only in the Premier League.
“Last year, for example, we had no chance to focus on one competition because we had to qualify for the Champions League and I don’t think that even Gary Neville would have said: ‘Quarterfinals of the Champions League, let City win. It doesn’t work like this. I don’t want to be too critical because I don’t know exactly how he said it but sitting in an office and talking about football is completely different to doing the job, to be honest. But it’s an opinion.”
Meanwhile, Liverpool will face Tottenham on Saturday in a mouthwatering Premier League clash.