Jurgen Klopp Was Asked About Manchester City's UEFA Ban But Only Wanted To Talk About Their 'Exceptional' Football
Jurgen Klopp was given his first chance at discussing Manchester City's Financial Fair Play issue on Saturday evening but he took the classy approach and just praised their football.
It's been a tough weekend for City with the news that they've been suspended from playing in the Champions League, and Europa League, for two years followed on Saturday by Liverpool winning yet again and stretching their lead to 25 points over Pep Guardiola's team.
Following the win against Norwich, Klopp was asked about City's situation but chose to ignore off field issues. "It was a shock when it came out. Big wow. The only thing I can say, I'm a football coach, so I can speak about football," he told Sky Sports.
"What Pep [Guardiola] and Man City did in England is exceptional, absolutely exceptional. The rest, I don't know. You believe the people you work with, that's how it is.
"I can imagine it's really difficult for the sportspeople to understand. I really feel for them, for Pep and the players."
I really love the fact that Jürgen Klopp represents Liverpool Football club.- LFC 360 (@LFC_360) February 15, 2020
This could've been a great opportunity to be petty and sling mud on Man City but he goes on to defend Pep and his players. You'd love to see it.
My manager :clap::clap::clap:pic.twitter.com/7IxitxU0jO
"It's the first verdict, they will appeal and we'll see what happens then. It's obviously serious, otherwise, UEFA wouldn't react like that.
"The football they played and play was exceptional and will [continue to] be exceptional."
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The Reds needed a 78th minute goal from substitute Sadio Mane, who was just returning from injury, to continue their incredible run of dropping just two points this season.
Their draw with Manchester United back in October remains the only time they've dropped points since the Merseyside derby in March 2019, winning the final nine games of last season and 25 of the first 26 this season.
The three points against the league's bottom side took Klopp and his squad one step closer to a first league title in 30 years that is now just five wins from the next 12 games away, with the team having lost just once in the past 64 games!
However the title may not even be their first Premier League success with reports on Sunday that City's domestic punishment could be a retrospective points ban that would hand their rivals the 2013/14 title, made famous by Steven Gerrard's slip.