Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is baffled by Gary Neville’s suggestion that the Reds should ‘kick the Champions League into touch’.
Neville argued that the Reds could not successfully compete on two fronts this season, saying in The Times:
“The Champions League – if I was Liverpool, I would kick it into touch.
“I know that’s very hard to do but if they could go into February, March, April without it, I think they could have a real chance if they had free weeks.”
Klopp was asked about those comments in his press conference ahead of Saturday’s clash with Tottenham. He was baffled.
“How would that work? We don’t play CL or what? Gary should come over and tell me exactly how that works.
“How do you prepare for a game when you don’t focus on it? I don’t understand, do we play our kids or what?
“To focus on one competition can only be if you are out, or nearly out, or if it’s late in the season.
“Last year I don’t think even think Gary would have said ‘let City win in the CL’.
“I don’t want to be too critical because I don’t know exactly how he said it. It’s an opinion. What did he say about Man United in that case? The club he’s more interested in. Nothing?
“Sitting in an office talking about football is different to doing the job.”