Jurgen Klopp and Gary Neville in Extraordinary War of Words . Jurgen Klopp launched an extraordinary verbal assault on Gary Neville following Liverpool’s 1-1 draw with Leeds United.
The Merseyside club is one of six Premier League teams that have agreed to participate in the European Super League.
After Liverpool conceded a late goal in the draw with Leeds, Klopp was asked to offer his views on the breakaway competition.
The German boss defended his players and chastised Neville for comments he made about Liverpool’s anthem, “You’ll Never Walk Alone.”
‘Gary Neville talks of You’ll Never Walk Alone,’ he told Sky. To be frank, that should already be prohibited.
‘And we have a lot of freedom to sing the song, and it’s our anthem, not his, and he doesn’t understand it anyway, so I don’t like these kinds of stuff because it’s not fair.’
‘I hear all that’s been said, and I’m not fond of it.’ Although I don’t discuss any clubs like this; you may be sentimental, but I wish Gary Neville was in a hot seat anywhere other than anywhere the most money is.
‘He worked for Manchester United, Sky, and a variety of other companies.’ Don’t forget we had nothing to do with it. We’re in the same boat as you; we’ve received facts and must still play football.’
Following Klopp’s interview, Neville defended his Sunday afternoon quotes, implying that his comments on Liverpool were unjustified.
‘Why isn’t it fair?’ he asked. I’ve made many insults to Liverpool over the years, but yesterday had little to do with offending Liverpool.
‘To be honest with you, I’m not sure why I’m living in his head; I’m not sure what spiked him.’
‘Yesterday was an impassioned appeal for football and said my biggest disappointment similarly was with Manchester United and Liverpool but I don’t know what his dilemma is.
‘He speaks about hotseat, I had a 25 year career at Manchester United and then 11 years at Sky and I worked hard for that. I’ve not been handed it and went where the most money is.
‘I didn’t have much of a say. Every year, Sir Alex Ferguson did not say, “Gary, do you want to sit here?”
‘He’s done a fantastic job at Liverpool; I have no issue with Klopp; I adored his team, but the reality is that he’s spiky; his owners have thrown him under the bus.
‘Actually, we’re on the same team.’ But the truth is that he can’t say what he wants, whereas I can.
‘Klopp’s’ I’m sure he despises everything in it because it contradicts everything he believes in.’
When the news of the European Super League plans first emerged, Neville made a reference to the song “You’ll Never Walk Alone” in his comments on Sunday.
‘I’m a Manchester United fan and have been for 40 years, so I’m utterly disgusted,’ he said after Manchester United’s win over Burnley. Manchester United and Liverpool are the two teams that I despise the most.
‘Liverpool, the people’s club, the supporters’ club, they pretend ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone.’