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Jurgen Klopp rejects claims he stoked tensions ahead of Manchester City game | Liverpool


Jurgen Klopp dismissed his comments the financial power of the Gulf state clubs on Sunday caused tension between Liverpool and Manchester City.

Liverpool win 1-0 the Premier League champions were quickly overshadowed by off-field controversy coins thrown at Pep GuardiolaCity fans chant and write graffiti in connection with the Hillsborough and Hazel disasters injured coach of the visiting team when he left Anfield. The caustic fallout extended to anonymous accusations that Klopp’s pre-match comments that Liverpool could not compete with three clubs who can “do what they want” financially were inflammatory and linked to the unpleasant events at Anfield.

But Klopp, who was accused of misconduct by the Football Association for his red card on Sunday, said: “That’s the life of people who speak publicly. It’s not the first time they don’t understand me. I know what I was thinking when I said that. If someone misunderstands it or wants to misunderstand it, I can’t change it.

“Should we be careful? I have known for many years that I am not always careful. I also realize from time to time that I’m just responding and saying what I think. I’m trying to do that in the future too because I usually never try to blame anyone or anything, I just talk about things that I don’t think are that important in life. I say what I know about it, how I judge it or how I see it. I can’t change it. Nothing that was made of it was my intention.’

City did not condemn the screams of their fans at Anfield. When asked about this silence and an anonymous allegation that his comments about Gulf state clubs could be interpreted as xenophobic, Liverpool the manager replied: “I would rather not answer such a question. We answered with clubs [with a statement about the chants and coin throwing]; that’s what we had to do. That’s all. Also, anything that is not a native English speaker will again be open to misinterpretation.’

On Friday, Klopp described Guardiola and Erling Haaland as the best manager and striker in the world respectively, but regarding the rift between Liverpool and City, he admitted: “I’m not sure we should be best friends with other clubs. I’m not sure anyone wants to be best friends with us.”

Klopp has until Friday to respond to his FA charge and could be given the option of accepting a one-match ban and a fine depending on the nature of the offence.

He revealed that Diego Jota’s Portugal international will miss the World Cup after tearing his calf muscle in the closing minutes of Sunday’s win. Hota, who will not require surgery, is the second Liverpool left-back to suffer a serious injury in recent weeks after Luis Diaz. “It’s very sad news for the boy, for us and for Portugal,” Klopp said.


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