Jurgen Klopp has hit back at Gary Neville after the former Manchester United defender told The Times that Liverpool should "kick" the Champions League "into touch" in order to focus on winning the Premier League. What do we do?
"It is only the job to do sometimes because we have players that work together that much longer".
"Gary should come over and tell me exactly how that would work", Klopp said.
"How do you prepare for a game when you don't focus on it?"
"Playing Champions League football is why you can attract the likes of Roberto Firmino and Mo Salah and all the other players you want to name, Allison in between the sticks".
"Actually I don't like to compare players but we had similar players and questions about Robbo (Andrew Robertson) and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain", he said. I don't know exactly what it means but to focus on one competition can only be if maybe you are already out of the competition almost.More news: FDA approves heart monitor in new Apple Watch
"I don't know what he means with that, to be honest".
"If it's late in the season that you see you have a chance to do that or do this and all that stuff".
"Last year I don't think even think Gary would have said "let City win in the CL".
"It doesn't work like this. It can be good but how good we don't know".
"But it's an opinion".
Hislop, who made his mark in England's top flight during his time with West Ham and Newcastle United, says that Liverpool would be committing an injustice to their high-profile signings if they decide to follow Neville's advice this year. The club he's more interested in.More news: Nintendo to sell NES-style Switch wireless controllers to online service subscribers
In fairness, hard to beat as the best teams I played in were, it is tougher being a Liverpool defender now than under Benitez and Gerard Houllier.
Klopp is stunned to learn that such an experienced figure would make such a claim, with that approach making little sense to him. Fabinho is full of desire and wants to be involved and I have to tell him "You're not involved this week" and that's not nice.
"It's an unbelievable build which is going to take time, it's disappointing and we should have a date".
Pochettino also backed Winks to become one of the best midfielders in England, if he can keep a good mentality and maintain his focus on training.
"From my point it is all fine, but I know the situation isn't what some people expected but I can not change that".More news: Pope Orders Inquiry Into U.S. Bishop