Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said he is no Sir Alex Ferguson and has not been playing mind games prior to Sunday’s visit of Manchester United.
He hits back at Mark Clattenburg after the former Premier League referee accused him of attempting to influence officials.
The Reds boss suggested he lacks the know-how to influence officials.
BATTLE OF WORDS BETWEEN KLOPP AND CLATTENBURG:
Following the 1-0 defeat at Southampton, Klopp pointed out United had been awarded more spot-kicks in two seasons than Liverpool had been given in his own five-year reign.
Clattenburg riled Klopp by suggesting this outburst amounted to Fergie-style mind games.
Klopp hit back at Clattenburg in his press conference on Friday, saying:
“I’m not Sir Alex [Ferguson], I don’t try mind games. I saw the stats about penalties before the Southampton game, that was it.”
“When people like Mark Clattenburg speak now, it always says much more about them than it ever could about me. Maybe if he was ever in my situation then he would play mind games, but unfortunately I have no skills for playing mind games!”
Clattenburg penned a response in the Daily Mail.
“Jurgen Klopp says he does not have the skills for mind games,”
“So that will be the same Klopp who stands and stares at the opposition warming up before the game?”
“Why did he mention United’s penalties so specifically? I don’t know if he was accusing United’s players of diving or if he was suggesting they got favourable decisions. Only he knows his motivation.”– Clattenburg on Klopp
Clattenburg further said Klopp is getting prickly because of Liverpool’s recent form and how the German Manager is not a good loser.
Jurgen Klopp’s men have the chance to go back ahead of the Red Devils on Sunday in an eagerly-anticipated clash that pits the reigning champions against the current league leaders.