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Van Gaal Says Merson Is ‘Not Normal’ After Absurd Claim On Liverpool's Champions League Campaign

Van Gaal Says Merson Is ‘Not Normal’ After Absurd Claim On Liverpool's Champions League Campaign

Louis van Gaal has slammed Paul Merson after the Sky Sports pundit had some questionable advice for Liverpool.

The 50-year-old former Arsenal star suggested that Jürgen Klopp should forget about the club's ambitions for the Champions League and focus on the Premier League title instead.

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"The quicker Liverpool go out of the Champions League, the more of an unbelievable chance they have to win the league," he said.

The former Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Manchester United manager has become a pundit for Ziggo Sport in the Netherlands.

Like most football fans, van Gaal was puzzled by Merson's comments and had some strong choice of words on him.

"This man is not normal," he said, before adding: "Liverpool shouldn't take his bad advice into consideration."

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The 67-year-old former Netherlands manager spoke to the Daily Mirror recently and said that he would be backing Liverpool in the title race over Manchester City.

"Klopp has turned Liverpool into an absolute fighting machine -- both attacking and defending," he explained.

"So, if I was to put my money on one club for the league, it would be Liverpool.

"The moment [Pep Guardiola's] team have to defend, they look terrible. Liverpool have a team that can defend much better.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

"Don't get me wrong, I still love to watch the way City play. But the way Klopp makes Liverpool play is absolutely fantastic."

Klopp has been a busy manager in the January transfer window, having already sanctioned the sale of Dominic Solanke to Bournemouth.

Liverpool are also interested in signing RB Leipzig's Timo Werner, while the former Borussia Dortmund boss has also identified his long-term replacement for Adam Lallana.

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Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Manchester City, Liverpool, Football News, Louis van Gaal, Football, Manchester United, Paul Merson, Premier League, Champions League

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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