Jurgen Klopp was in fits of laughter when a reporter read out the quotes made by Pep Guardiola at a press conference.
The Liverpool manager enjoyed hearing about the Spaniard’s recent scathing review of how Liverpool are favourites among the English media over Manchester City. Guardiola had suggested that ‘everyone supports Liverpool’ after his side thrashed Newcastle 5-0 at the Etihad, while he also stated his belief that this was also the same for the media.
“Everyone in this country supports Liverpool, the media and everyone,” Guardiola told beIN SPORTS. “Of course because Liverpool has an incredible history in European competition. Not in the Premier League, because they have won one in 30 years, but it is not a problem at all.
“Liverpool are alongside [Manchester] United as the most important team in terms of titles, legacy, history, dramas for many, many things. But we have since the last 11 or 12 years been there. I know sometimes we are uncomfortable, but I don’t care if the people want Liverpool to win more than us. It is not an issue.”
But Klopp has now responded to the claims of bias, saying that it wasn’t something that he had experienced and that Guardiola was probably speaking in the moment. “I live in Liverpool," he said. "Here a lot of people want us to win the league that’s for sure. But even here it’s probably only 50 per cent.
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“As a manager, I had this experience recently, we are obviously influenced by the game, the situation. I have said things, would I say it again? No. I said Tottenham play how they play but are still only fifth. It felt good at the moment but it is probably wrong.
“I don’t know which situation Pep was in. Getting knocked out of the Champions League is difficult enough to take. But then Liverpool made it to the final. You say what you say. I have no idea if the country is supporting us. It is not the feeling I get when we go to other places, it’s actually the opposite.”
The Reds hopes of catching Man City took a stumble after they could only manage a 1-1 draw with Tottenham on Saturday, meaning the Premier League title is in the Citizen’s hands.
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