Liverpool saved money by not changing coaches like their rivals, jokes Jürgen Klopp | premier league
Jürgen Klopp has aimed for a playful dig at Manchester United, suggesting that Liverpool have saved a fortune during his reign while their struggling rivals have paid many top managers.
Liverpool have enjoyed calm waters since the German’s arrival in 2015 while, in stark contrast, United have cut and changed, hiring and then paying Louis van Gaal, José Mourinho, Ole Gunnar Solskjær, Michael Carrick and Ralf Rangnick during this period. They now sit in the Premier League relegation zone with new manager Erik ten Hag in charge.
Ahead of Monday night’s trip to Old Trafford in the Premier League, Klopp suggested it must be an expensive exercise. “Imagine the money Liverpool saved by not paying [any other managers] off,” he joked. “I should have said that when I signed the last contract. It would have been an interesting number.
Klopp also admitted that with so many changes in the United hot seat, it’s difficult for him to put together a set game plan as he changes constantly. “Always a different Manchester United,” he added. “It would also make me useless, if everyone could sit here and it would still look the same, then of course it depends on who is in charge. They all play differently, very differently. Van Gaal to Mourinho – it was very different. You have to prepare completely differently [each time] and we go.”
Klopp has had very few bumps in the road since arriving in England, having won the Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup, League Cup and Club World Cup. United’s latest starter got off to a rocky start, losing their opening two games with criticism already raining down on his players.
The Liverpool manager was asked if he had any sympathy for his counterpart, even though he was in charge of their arch-rivals. “No. It’s football problems – we have problems,” he said. “I don’t know if you go to Manchester United and ask Erik ten Hag if we have a little too many injuries. [he would sympathise]. It is not like that. I don’t have to feel sympathy. It wouldn’t help them, wouldn’t hurt them. We all have our own problems.
Klopp said the pressure was the same to manage a club like United as any other, but the focus was more on top clubs. “When I arrived seven years ago, I don’t think we started straight away. We played a good game at Tottenham but we drew,” he said. “It’s not that everyone said ‘Oh my God, you can see it immediately’ but I can say that I haven’t read anything and that makes things easier.
“You’re not thrilled with your own results and you know what people might say, so you just focus on the job and take the baby steps, and I’m pretty sure at every club that’s the same thing. The bigger clubs tell you more about them. If we are strong enough not to read that you can have a decent life and only work on the important things and that’s what I did in seven years. It helps me and it’s the only advice I can give.