JURGEN KLOPP has questioned Gary Neville’s claim that Liverpool should forget about the Champions League and focus on ending their long wait for a league title.
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The former Manchester United and England defender said this week that the Reds should kick the European competition into touch to end their 29-year wait on the domestic front.
But Kop boss Klopp laughed the claim off ahead of their clash with Tottenham tomorrow.
He said: “How should that work? What do we do? We don’t play Champions League or what?
“Gary should come over and tell me exactly how that would work. How do you prepare a game and not focus on it?
“You bring your kids in the Champions League? That would be funny!
“I don’t know what he means with that, to be honest. We have to play football.
“A lot of people watch our games when we play Champions League and that’s our job that we do the best we can do in all these games.
“That’s what we try. 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 nearly.
“Gary should come over and tell me exactly how that would work. How do you prepare a game and not focus on it? ”
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp
“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, for example, we had no chance to focus on one competition because we had to qualify for the Champions League and I don’t think that even Gary Neville would have said, ‘Quarter-finals of the Champions League, let City win’.
“It doesn’t work like this.
“I don’t want to be too critical because I don’t know exactly how he said it but sitting in an office and talking about football is completely different to doing the job, to be honest.
“But it’s an opinion. What did he say about Manchester United in that case? The club he’s more interested in. Nothing?”