Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was “surprised” that Cristiano Ronaldo left Juventus in the summer and admits he is unhappy that he will be playing for Man Utd.
It had seemed like Ronaldo was on his way to Man City before United swooped in to land their former player on a two-year contract.
Liverpool are likely to be in a title fight with City, Chelsea and Man Utd this season and Klopp wasn’t happy to see Ronaldo return to the Premier League.
When asked by a Sky Sports reporter if he was looking forward to coming up against Ronaldo, Klopp said: “I have played Cristiano.”
The reporter replied: “I mean in the Premier League”.
Klopp added: “Yeah. I am happy that he is at United? No, I can’t say that, it’s not true.”
Reporter: “Why not? Is he too good of a player?”
Klopp continued: “Yeah, unfortunately. Yes I was surprised, not about United, but when I heard the first rumours that he wants to leave Juventus. I had no idea about [it], I’m not in the Juventus ‘circle’ that people inform me from time to time what’s going on there.
“So I was surprised about that and then City. I thought ‘oh yeah that will be good fun for United’ and then United obviously stepped in and did it. All fine, free world. They can do what they want.”
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 11, 2021
Meanwhile, Man Utd boss Solskjaer revealed after the match that new signing Ronaldo gave “a little speech to the boys” on the eve of their victory over Newcastle.
Solskjaer told reporters: “Of course everyone, when they come into the team, they have to introduce themselves. Maybe not everyone knows his name. At least they do now.
“The atmosphere has been electric around the club, the supporters have really enjoyed the last 10 days or so since he signed.
“There was loads of expectations obviously this afternoon on the team and on him and he’s delivered.”
When asked if there had been any doubts that Ronaldo would add to what Man Utd already have, Solskjaer continued: “I don’t think so. He does what he does.
“Cristiano lifts everyone, he gets everyone so focused when he’s in and around the place, he puts demands on himself, which then will put demands on his team-mates and it puts demands on us.
“That’s why he’s done so much in his career. He’s been so disciplined. We knew he’s evolved, he’s developed as a player, he’s a different type of player now compared to what he was when he left, but he’s still a ruthless and clinical goalscorer.
“He smells the big moments, he senses when there’s a goal in it.”