Jurgen Klopp joked he paid Steven Gerrard to compliment him in the press and has given his thoughts on Liverpool’s Europa League draw against Manchester United.
Gerrard used his column in the Daily Telegraph to wax lyrical about the German’s approach and managerial techniques ahead of Sunday’s Capital One Cup final against Manchester City.
However, when questioned about Gerrard’s comments in a press briefing to preview the Wembley showdown, the Reds boss remained as bashful as ever.
Klopp: “Thank you Steve. I gave him £100 for him saying that. I am not sure I am the difference but I know the way. I have to show that as clearly as possible and make sure there is no misunderstanding between my mouth and the players’ ears.”
Liverpool were handed a Europa League last-16 meeting with old foes Manchester United earlier on Friday and Klopp said of the tie: “It’s great. We deserve these games. It’s not easy. I told my staff yesterday that I wanted Man United. I came to this club for games like this.
“There were no easy games in this round so there was no chance for an easy game. Man United – cool.”
Speaking about the last time they faced United in which Wayne Rooney’s late goal handed the visitors victory at Anfield, Klopp added: “We had a good game and lost 1-0. It was not what we deserve. It gives us the chance to make it better.”