Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has taken a jovial swipe at Gary Neville after being asked whether he had learned anything during lockdown.
The German coach was asked about his experiences during lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic and he said he was “quite proud” of how society have dealt with the crisis as Premier League football remains in limbo.
Klopp told the BBC: “I didn’t learn a lot during lockdown except Gary Neville has an opinion on absolutely everything!” Klopp laughed. “It’s incredible! So no, I didn’t learn a lot but I have known myself for 52 years.
“I know I can deal with difficult situations before and this is a difficult situation not only for me and my family but for everybody on this planet. I am quite proud of how we as a society are dealing with it.
“We as human beings are not perfect so we make mistakes but I think we have understood a lot more of how we are all connected to each other. That is something good.”
Klopp also revealed he bumped into former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard on a recent outing near his home.
“Four-and-a-half years I lived in the town and never met him!” he said. “I knew where he lives, I live in the house he built and Brendan Rodgers bought and we rent but it had never happened!
“I saw him for sure, walking with his kids and missus. We always keep distant, yeah? But it was nice. I admired him as a player and met him as a guy here and he is a great guy so it was great to see him.”
The 22-year-old midfielder is a target for the Ibrox outfit with Duncan Castles telling the Transfer Window podcast that Gerrard is trying to land the long-serving player.
Chirivella’s contract at Liverpool expires this summer and the central midfielder looks destined to leave Anfield after failing to convince Jurgen Klopp he is worthy of a new deal.
Gerrard though, who worked with him in the youth team, wants to add the player to his ranks.
“There is significant interest in him, particularly at Rangers who of course are managed by Steven Gerrard, who knows Chirivella from his time coaching the younger players at the club,” Castles said on the Transfer Window podcast.
“They would like to sign him, I’m told, but I think this is a mark of where Rangers are at the moment.”
Instead the player, who has made just 10 first-team appearances in five years looks to be heading to join French side Nantes.