Jürgen Klopp Shuts Down Gary Neville On Liverpool's Premier League Challenge

Liverpool have enjoyed a successful -- and promising -- start in their bid to take the Premier League crown this season. There's no doubt the title is high on Jürgen Klopp's hit list this season, as well as challenging for the Champions League once again.

It would seem that the Liverpool coach has taken notice of what Gary Neville has said about his side.

For context: the former Manchester United full-back told the Times in an interview that if Klopp was serious about mounting a challenge, then he should put Europe's elite competition to one side for the season.

Credit: Press Association
Credit: Press Association

"The Champions League -- if I was Liverpool, I would kick it into touch," he said.

"I know that's very hard to do, but if they could go into February, March, April without it, I think they could have a real chance if they had free weeks.

"Why? I think their method is exhausting for the front three [Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mané and Roberto Firmino].

"The drop in quality below them, if there are injuries or playing Wednesday, Saturday, I think it will take its toll."

Credit: Press Association
Credit: Press Association

Of course, Klopp has been paying close attention to what has been said.

He also fired back at what Neville had said.

"How would that work?" Klopp said in a press conference (via GiveMeSport).

"We don't play Champions League or what? Gary should come over and tell me exactly how that works.

"How do you prepare for a game when you don't focus on it? I don't understand. We play our kids or what? That would be funny.

Credit: Press Association
Credit: Press Association

"To focus on one competition can only be if you are already out, or nearly out, or if it's late in the season.

"Last year, I don't think even Gary Neville would have said, 'let [Manchester] City win in the Champions League.' Sitting in an office talking about football is different to doing the job.

"What did he say about Manchester United in that case? The club he's more interested in? Nothing."

Well, that escalated quickly, didn't it?

What did you make of Klopp's response?

Let us know in the comments.

Adnan Riaz

Adnan Riaz is a journalist for SPORTbible. He studied for a B.A. in History at the University of York and followed it up with an M.A. in Multimedia Journalism at MMU. Before he started writing about sports, he spent over four years in the gaming press. He has worked for several publications, including Hardcore Gamer, LADbible and the Manchester Evening News. Follow him on Twitter to find out what he is working on next. Got a story tip for Adnan? Email him: [email protected]

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