Klopp takes a swipe at “mad” Neville’s comment

MUNICH, GERMANY - MARCH 12: Jurgen Klopp, Manager of Liverpool speaks to the media ahead of the Liverpool FC Press Conference at Allianz Arena on March 12, 2019 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Liverpool’s manager Jurgen Klopp believes it is utter madness to purposely exit the Champions League in response to Gary Neville’s recent comments.

Klopp’s men take on Bayern Munich tonight for a place in the quarter-finals of the Champions League knowing that either victory or a score draw will see them through.

Liverpool fans have not forgiven his predecessor, Brendan Rodgers, for fielding a weakened starting XI against Madrid in 2014 at the Bernabeu.

And the German gaffer is not aiming to follow in his footsteps as he wants to go all the way in Europe’s top-tier competition.

In response to the pundits’ views, Klopp said via the Evening Standard: “They talk constantly. It doesn’t [mean they] make more sense because of that.

“That’s the problem: It is so easy to sit in an office or a studio and talk about things like that, [to] say the best way to go through [the league] is to go out of all the cup competitions early.

“You do that and in that moment the same people go for you like mad. It’s like: ‘You are disrespectful to the competition’.

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“Now it is closer to the end of the season and it is allowed to go out of the Champions League without even trying to go through? That’s really mad.”

Klopp went ahead to take a swipe at Neville whose stint at Valencia prematurely came to an end after suffering a 7-0 defeat to Barcelona.

“That’s the reason why they don’t have a job on the sideline, one of the reasons. No criticism but it’s a big difference to be in charge or to talk about somebody in charge. That’s a massive difference.

“We cannot go like this. The season is as long as it is. If you want to have all the competitions and we play them, we try everything we can to win them.”