Jurgen Klopp has mocked Gary Neville’s suggestion that Liverpool should focus on the Premier League rather than the Champions League.
The Sky Sports pundit this week claimed that Liverpool should forget about Europe this term and keep their focus firmly on trying to win the Premier League.
“The Champions League — if I was Liverpool, I would kick it into touch,” Neville told The Times. “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.
“Why? I think their method is exhausting for the front three [Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino].”
Klopp was asked about his comments and laughed them off, saying that “sitting in an office” was different to the real rigors of football management.
“How does that work? Not play Champions League?” asked Klopp. “We don’t play in Champions League Gary should tell me how that works. How do you prepare for a game and not focus on it?
“Shall we bring the kids on in the Champions League that would be funny.
“I don’t know what he means with that. We have to play football. A lot watch our games from the Champions League, it’s our job, to do the best we can do.
“We will see, I don’t know what it means, to focus on one competition, can only be if you’re nearly out of a competition, late in the season.
“But last year, we had no chance to focus on one competition, we had to qualify for the Champions League.
“Even Gary would say, don’t let City win, I don’t want to be too critical, sitting in an office is different to doing the job.
“I don’t know exactly what he means.
“What did he say about Manchester United in that situation? Nothing? He’s more interested in them.”