Jurgen Klopp Hits Back At Chris Wilder Over 'Selfish' Jibe
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has hit back at Chris Wilder, after the Sheffield United boss called Klopp 'selfish' and a politician.
The Premier League championship winning manager wasn't happy on Saturday afternoon following his side's 1-1 draw with Brighton.
As well as a controversial last minute winner for the home side, thanks to VAR, Klopp was also annoyed because of another injury, this time James Milner, and showed his anger to BT Sport interviewer Des Kelly.
However the broadcaster wasn't the only one to feel the verbal wrath of the German, as he turned his attention to Wilder during his press conference.
The Blades' boss has recently called his counterpart 'selfish,' over the possibility of five substitutes in a game, and a 'politician,' over the fact some clubs can have fans back when others can't.
Speaking on Saturday, Klopp hit back, saying, "Chris Wilder says I am selfish. I think all the things he says are selfish.
"If I had five subs today, I bring on Kostas for Robbo, to save Robbo. It's about saving players."
:speaking_head: "Whatever Chris Wilder says I don't speak only about Liverpool, he speaks only about Sheffield United, he admitted that. I speak about football players"- Football Daily (@footballdaily) November 28, 2020
Jurgen Klopp stresses that the need for 5 substitutions is not for tactical reasons but for players fitness pic.twitter.com/E2f6yrhu5W
Liverpool have been very unlucky with injuries in recent weeks, with Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez's injuries the most high profile, and they were dealt another blow against Brighton.
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James Milner had to be subbed off in the second half with a muscle injury, a question about the topic lead to the manager's rant at Kelly live on television.
The former Borussia Dortmund manager has been amongst a number of the 'big six' bosses to have hit out at the fact the Premier League is the only big league not using five subs this season.
Originally 'smaller' sides voted against it, believing it gave an unfair advantage to the 'bigger' clubs, but some have changed their minds due to the nature of the season and the amount of injuries.
On Saturday Wilder also claimed that Klopp was a 'politician' for not championing not having fans return to the Premier League until all fans could return, saying, "He's a world-class manager and a world-class politician, who cares about Liverpool," he said. "That's all he cares about.
"He was never going to say what about Sheffield United getting their fans back in or Newcastle or Man City or Man United or anybody else. He's a world-class politician.
"I know his background on support and how much Anfield has been a fortress. The Liverpool support is magnificent, I know it is because my old man is from that part of the world.
"I know he's been vocal on that and Jurgen isn't going to say it's not right that they can have fans in as they're in tier two and Sheffield United, Leeds, Manchester and all the rest of the north are not allowed in."
It came a week after the former Northampton Town boss had said, "Cards on the table, he's going to look after his own club...
"But they're [top six managers] selfish, they look after their own clubs. They're not going to be bothered about Sheffield United, they're not going to be bothered about England."
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