Jurgen Klopp has taken aim at Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville, leaving the Manchester United legend confused and hitting back: “We’re on the same team.”
Klopp explained previously that he and the players were caught blindsided by their involvement as one of the founding members in the proposed Super League.
Still trying to process the information, Klopp fronted the media post-game and slammed Neville, claiming he wished the pundit was in “a hot seat somewhere.”
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Neville had criticised Liverpool before their clash with Leeds, calling out the club’s anthem ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ as hypocritical in current circumstances.
He did though back Klopp after he “destroyed his owners on national television” with what Neville called a “very calm” reflection on the situation.
Neville has also widely condemned his own former club – Manchester United – claiming he was “disgusted” by the move.
Klopp though, seemingly taken aback by Neville’s comments on the Liverpool anthem, called out the Sky Sports pundit post-game.
“Gary Neville speaks about You’ll Never Walk Alone, that should already be forbidden, because we have the right to sing it, it’s our anthem, it’s not his anthem and he doesn’t understand it anyway,” he told Sky Sports.
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“It’s not fair. I understand all the talk’s around and I don’t like it as well. But I don’t talk about other clubs now like this.
“It can be emotional but I wish Gary Neville would be in a hot seat somewhere and not everywhere where the most money is.
“He was at Man United where the most money is and to Sky where the most money is and all these kind of things. Don’t forget we had nothing to do with it.”
Neville though did not back down when the cameras went back to the Sky Sports studio, clarifying that he was supportive of Klopp.
“I have no idea what he’s going on about,” he said.
“I have no idea why I’m living in his head to be honest. He is spiky, his owners have thrown him under the bus. He can say what he wants to say, and I can. He has been let down.
“I’ve handed enough insults out to Liverpool over the years. Yesterday was nothing about insulting Liverpool Football Club.
“Yesterday was an impassioned plea from me about football and protecting football in this country and my biggest disappointment was with Manchester United and Liverpool.
“I think I’ve equally distributed enough criticism to both clubs in the last 24 hours, so I don’t know what his problem is.”
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Neville also responded to Klopp’s claim that he should be put in the hot seat along with the comment he has followed where the money is.
“He talks about hot seat, I had a 25 year career at Manchester United, 11 years at Sky and I worked hard for that,” he added.
“I’ve not been handed it, I’ve not gone where the most money is, I didn’t have choices.
“Sir Alex Ferguson didn’t say every year, ‘Gary do you want to stay here?’ So I have no idea what he’s going on about.
“I employ 600 people in the city, I tried to look after them through a pandemic, is that not a hot enough seat for him?
“He’s done a great job at Liverpool, I’ve got no problem with Jurgen Klopp, I loved his team.
“He’s been let down by his owners and so have those players at Liverpool.”