Jurgen Klopp bites back at Gary Neville over Champions League remarks

Jurgen Klopp bites back at Gary Neville over Champions League remarks

Jurgen Klopp bites back at Gary Neville over Champions League remarks

"I don't like to compare players but we had similar question about Robbo and Oxlade and I'm not sure if Sadio (Mane) played from the beginning, but I think he had a full pre-season", Klopp added.

"They've played West Ham, Crystal Palace Brighton and Leicester; this is their biggest test".

"(We are) disappointed because we are going to miss him for maybe this game and against Inter Milan in Champions League", said Pochettino.

He feels that the club's summer signings will have been sold on the idea of turning out for Liverpool in the Champions League.

And the ex-Spurs and Liverpool player believes their defensive improvements should stand them in good stead ahead of tomorrow's fixture.

"Life as a Premier League manager is never ideal, it's not that I have all of them together, then we train and can compare a game".

The former right-back suggested that if the German wants to win the league, he should forget all about the Champions League.

"Aside from which, when you are a player of that quality, those are the games that you look forward to as much as any".

"To focus on one competition can only be if you are already out, or almost out, or if it's late in the season".

"Today we train, then we make a lineup for tomorrow".

A year ago I don't think even Gary Neville would have said 'let City win in the Champions League.' Sitting in an office talking about football is different to doing the job. If Tottenham lose, will they struggle to get top 4, vs the likes of Chelsea, Man United and Arsenal? "But it was more a wake-up for the players, that we can not do it like this".

"I think it will be an open game".

"We all knew it after the World Cup, especially after England came that far [semi-finals], they have had no rest", Klopp told Sky Sports News.

"That doesn't show that we are arrogant and show that we don't accept the opinions of different people". It's a completely different back four now.

Liverpool also remain in talks with former Manchester United coach Jack Robinson about becoming an assistant goalkeeping coach at the club, sources have told ESPN FC.

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