Klopp Responds To Pep's Liverpool Jibe
10 May, 2022
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has responded to the way Pep Guardiola mocked the Reds for having won one Premier League title in 30 years.
On Sunday, after Manchester City took advantage of Liverpool's 1-1 draw with Tottenham Hotspur with a 5-0 drubbing of Newcastle United, Guardiola seemed to unleash on his title rivals.
The Spaniard first accused everyone in England of supporting the Reds in the race for the league title, before he took aim at the Merseyside club for having claimed just one EPL title over the past three decades.
Klopp, however, appeared to understand that his colleague's remarks probably came from a place of frustration and disappointment after the Citizens were knocked out of theUEFA Champions League in incredible fashion last week. "I live in Liverpool so, yes, here a lot of people want us to win the league – that's true - but even here it's probably only 50% because the other people were involved in another fight, at least until yesterday (Sunday)," he said, citing Everton's battle to avoid relegation, according to The Independent.
"As manager, and I had this experience recently, after a game we are obviously massively influenced by the game, by the situation. I said – and would I say it again? No – but I said after the game: 'They (Tottenham) play like they play and are still only fifth.'
"It felt good in that moment but it was wrong. But it was just my feeling in that moment and I could not respect Antonio (Conte, Spurs manager) more and what he is doing and how he organises teams.
"I don't know exactly which situation Pep was in, after getting knocked of the Champions League that is obviously already difficult enough to take, but then, of course, Liverpool made it to the final and then you have these things like 'they only played Villarreal, we played Real' and then you say what you say. And he is right, on top of it.
"I was right about Tottenham, and he was right we won the only Premier League once. I have no idea if the whole country is supporting us, I don't know that. It is not the feeling I get when we go to other places and play there, it is actually the opposite, but maybe he knows more about that than me."
City are currently three points clear of Liverpool at the top of the table with three league games remaining.