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Sport Klopp bemused by Neville's Champions League advice

14:55  14 september  2018
14:55  14 september  2018 Source:   goal.com

Klopp claims he is ready to embrace challenge of Champions League group

  Klopp claims he is ready to embrace challenge of Champions League group Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has commented on the club’s Champions League group stage draw, saying his side will embrace the challenge. The Reds, who reached the final of the competition last season before losing to Real Madrid, have been drawn against Napoli, Paris Saint-Germain and Red Star Belgrade. And Klopp says he is looking forward to competing against “one of the most exciting teams in the world” in Thomas Tuchel’s PSG. As reported by the Liverpool Echo, Klopp said: “For sure, when you have already a group with Paris Saint-Germain and Napoli – two absolutely top teams – then you don’t want to have Liverpool as the third team.” “If you think about the group, you are already out. If you think it is too difficult, you are already out. We don’t think either. We will play the games, we will be competitive.” “PSG are one of the most exciting teams in the world and I think their target is to win the Champions League so that will be two interesting matches.” “I am looking forward to watching PSG a bit more often, which is a very interesting project for sure over in France with Thomas Tuchel.” “Facing Neymar will be, for our Brazilian guys, like meeting a friend again and all that stuff. It’s a big challenge, but for all the others it is a big challenge to face us.” “Last season is last season and now we have to do it again. We want to go through the group. It will be difficult but still we want to go through.

jurgen klopp gary neville - cropped: Jurgen Klopp (L) and Gary Neville © Provided by Goal Jurgen Klopp (L) and Gary Neville

Jurgen Klopp has been left bemused by Gary Neville's suggestion that Liverpool should forget this season's Champions League in order to mount a serious domestic title challenge.

The Reds have started the 2018-19 campaign in impressive fashion, winning their opening four Premier League games while conceding only one goal.

Neville said in an interview with The Times that Liverpool would have a better chance of winning a first top-flight title since 1990 if they did not have European commitments in the final few months of the season.

But Klopp, whose side reached the final of the competition in 2017-18, does not understand the former Manchester United captain's reasoning.

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"How should that work? We don't play Champions League, or what?" he told a news conference.

"Gary should come over and tell me how that works. You put your kids in the Champions League? That would be funny.

"We have to play football. A lot of people watch our games in the Champions League and it's our job to do the best we can do in these games.

"I don't know exactly what it means but to focus on one competition can only be if you're already out of the competition nearly, or if it's late in the season and you see you have a chance to do that or this.

"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 even Gary Neville would have said in the quarter-finals, 'Come on, let [Manchester] 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?"

Liverpool legend claims Neymar could never play for Klopp .
Liverpool legend John Barnes has hit out at Neymar for being “lazy” and claims that the Brazilian star would never get to play under Jurgen Klopp, according to a report on the Express. Liverpool boss Klopp loves his players to have a high work rate and he encourages his side to play with intensity and commitment. Neymar looked lethargic at Anfield for Paris Saint Germain in the opening match of the Champions League group stage. The French champions were well under par but almost left Merseyside with a point, only for Neymar’s compatriot Roberto Firmino to score a late winner. Barnes was critical of the world’s most expensive player and when speaking about whether he could play for Liverpool he said: “It depends on who the manager is – not with Jurgen Klopp. I saw the interview Klopp gave last night, he spoke about the defensive work of the whole team, meaning the front three as well.” “A lot of people say Neymar is the best in the world, which may suit PSG or Man City or Barcelona. But regardless of how good he is, there is no way he would suit Liverpool under Jurgen Klopp.” “I was disappointed with Neymar and Mbappe. I thought they were so lazy when they didn’t have the ball, they didn’t help their team at all.” The 26-year-old did play a major role in helping his side equalise but besides that, he found it hard to get into the game and his body language was poor throughout the encounter.

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