Jurgen Klopp has said he was left embarrassed after Erik ten Hag was asked to respond to the Liverpool bosses moans about the pitch in midweek.
The German coach complained about the surface at the Amsterdam Arena after Wednesday’s 1-0 Champions League win over Ajax. It was a game in which Klopp thought his side were worse than in the weekend’s 2-2 draw with Everton.
The Reds came away with a narrow win in Holland though, but Klopp did reference the “muddy” pitch afterwards.
“I really think the pitch was really tricky. It was like deep, muddy a little bit,” Klopp BT Sport after the game.
“Even if you can’t see it from outside but it was like this because both teams looked really exhausted pretty early.”
Ajax boss Ten Hag was relayed those comments before he spoke in front of the media and replied: “Klopp saying the pitch was bad? I don’t think the pitch was bad, no,’
“Let’s hope we get a better pitch at Anfield then.”
Klopp was asked about the performances against Everton and Ajax at his Melwood press conference ahead of the game with Sheffield United.
“I liked the game against Everton from a performance point of view than against Ajax, but you have to win games,” said Klopp.
But he then interjected and revealed his annoyance from an issue in Amsterdam in midweek.
“By the way it was a bit disappointing people confronted Ten Hag responding to what I said about the pitch – that wasn’t a reason for our performance.
“That is embarrassing. I didn’t blame the pitch for our performance. I said it was not a very good pitch and it was the same for both teams, but who is interested in the truth these days?
“One week a go we played a sensational game in really difficult circumstances. I liked that a lot.
“We don’t struggle with confidence we make sure we’re ready, physically and mood-wise. That’s what we do.”
Klopp confirmed that Virgil van Dijk, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Kostas Tsimikas will all miss out at Anfield against the Blades on Saturday.
The Reds boss was guarded over his team selection though and said he would have to wait until after training on Friday afternoon.
Klopp responding to a question about the fitness of Thiago and Joel Matip, said: “I don’t know. We have training after the press conference.
“They have to train to be in contention. We will see who is out then. I don’t want to rule anybody out until somebody tells me different.
Klopp was also asked about their 61-match unbeaten home record.
“We’re looking forward to three home games in a row. That’s good. I just love Anfield, a great place. I love the atmosphere even without the people as it’s just our home.”