Jurgen Klopp mocks Pep Guardiola’s claim that ‘everyone in the country supports Liverpool’ as Reds boss says only 50% of Merseyside ‘want us to win the league’… and he didn’t not that feeling when they play away from home!
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp appreciated Pep Guardiola’s assertion that “everyone in the country supports Liverpool”.
The German was asked about his rival’s comments ahead of his side’s Premier League clash against Aston Villa on Tuesday night.
Despite losing points to Tottenham on Saturday and three points behind Guardiola’s Manchester City at the weekend, Klopp was in jovial mood on Monday.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was in jovial mood during his press conference on Monday
Klopp appreciated Pep Guardiola’s claim that ‘everyone in the country supports Liverpool’
Guardiola claimed the whole country wanted the Merseyside giants to win the top-tier title.
In his pre-match press conference, Klopp responded with a laugh before saying: “Here a lot of people want us to win the league, but even here it’s only 50%.
“As managers, after a game we are obviously massively influenced by the games/situations. What I said after Spurs (review)… I wouldn’t. Just my feeling at the time.
“I don’t know how Pep after being eliminated from the Champions League and of course Liverpool reached the final, we played against Villarreal, they played against Real Madrid.
“I have no idea if the whole country is supporting us, I don’t know.
“It’s not the feeling I get when we go to other places and play there, it’s actually the opposite, but maybe he knows more than me.”
Guardiola said after City’s 5-0 thrashing of Newcastle: “Everyone in this country supports Liverpool, the media and everyone.”
Liverpool dropped points to Tottenham on Saturday and dropped three points in the lead
“Because Liverpool have an incredible history in European competitions. Not in the Premier League, as they have won one in 30 years.
‘But I don’t care. People want Liverpool to win more than us. They have more supporters in the world and in England they support Liverpool more than we do.
In Guardiola’s post-match interview series, he complained about how the whole nation threw their weight behind Klopp’s high-flyers.
Speaking to reporters at his press conference, he even lightly suggested that one of them supported Liverpool, before being corrected.
Guardiola was asked if he was “ecstatic” with his team’s performance and, with a smile on his face, replied: “Do you have any doubts?” Yes, you are a Liverpool fan. Go on.’
He was then told that the reporter was more of a follower of City and Liverpool’s arch-rivals United, an admission that prompted several laughs in the room.
Liverpool travel to Steven Gerrard’s Villa on Tuesday night, looking to put pressure on City again with the leaders in action a day later against Wolves at Molineux.
Gerrard, who was tipped to take over for his beloved Liverpool a day after Klopp’s departure, made a strong impression at Villa Park and could further dent the Reds’ title chances with victory.
But Klopp was relaxed about the title chase on Monday, adding: “I’m not sure I said [the title race is still on] because it’s obvious. We both have three to play, my concern is how can we win our matches. We shouldn’t add points before the matches are played.
“Why should we stop believing? The perfect situation would be nine clear goals, over 30 goals, but that’s not possible, so let’s go from here.
“Whatever happens tomorrow night, if we win it helps. If not, we train for the cup final. Ideal world, we win them all. We have to answer. The only chance to win is to win them all the games.