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Jürgen Klopp responds to Gary Neville

Jurgen Klopp

Jürgen Klopp has responded to comments made by Gary Neville in which the Manchester United legend said Liverpool should ignore the Champions League and focus only on winning the Premier League.

The Sky Sports pundit believes Klopp should forget about the league and instead target a 6th European Cup after just missing out last season.

Speaking to The Times, Neville had said: “The Champions League – if I was Liverpool, I would kick it into touch.

“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. The drop in quality below them, if there are injuries or playing Wednesday, Saturday, I think it will take its toll.”

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Those comments weren’t received well by the Liverpool manager, despite Neville indirectly ‘bigging up’ the Reds by adding that he was “concerned” about the threat posed by us to his beloved United.

Speaking at today’s press conference, Klopp said: “How would that work? We don’t play Champions League or what?

“Gary should come over and tell me exactly how that works.

“How do you prepare for a game when you don’t focus on it? I don’t understand, do we play our kids or what?

“To focus on one competition can only be if you are out, or nearly out, or if it’s late in the season.

“Last year I don’t think even think Gary would have said ‘Let City win in the Champions League’.

“Sitting in an office talking about football is different to doing the job.”