Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp and Manchester United legend, Gary Neville have clashed over the Reds’ signing up for the European Super League.
Neville hit back at Klopp after the German lambasted him over his (Neville) criticism of being among the twelve clubs in the European Super League.
Klopp accused Neville of “always going where the money is”.
Neville had on Sunday particularly criticised Manchester United and Liverpool for being driving forces behind the Super League plans, questioning how a club with ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ as its motto and anthem could abandon the rest of the Premier League.
And Klopp was livid with the comment and blasted the former United left-back after Liverpool’s 1-1 draw with Leeds on Monday night.
“Gary Neville speaks about You’ll Never Walk Alone – that at least should already be forbidden, to be honest,” the German told Sky Sports.
“Because we have a lot of rights to sing that anthem, it’s our anthem and not his anthem. And he doesn’t understand it anyway so I really don’t want these kinds of things because it’s not fair.
“I understand all the talks around [the Super League] and I don’t like it as well, but I don’t talk about other clubs now like this.
“You can be emotional but I would wish Gary Neville would be in a hot seat somewhere and not everywhere where the most money is. He was at Man United where the most money is, he was at Sky where the most money is and all these kinds of things.”
And Neville, a Sky Sports pundit, was flabbergasted by the attack on his own moral credentials by Klopp and hit back at the former Borussia Dortmund boss.
“Why? Why’s it not fair? I mean, I’ve handed enough insults out over the years to Liverpool. Yesterday had nothing to do with insulting Liverpool football club,’ said the United legend.
“I don’t know why I’m living in his head to be honest with you. I don’t know what spiked him. Yesterday was an impassioned plea from me about protecting football in this country and my biggest disappointment was with Manchester United and Liverpool.
“And I think I’ve equally distributed enough criticism to both clubs in the last 24 hours.
“So I don’t know what his problem is. He talks about a hotseat, I had a 25-year career at Manchester United, 11-year career at Sky, and I’ve worked hard for that.
“I’ve not been handed that, I’ve not gone where the most money is. I didn’t have choices. Sir Alex didn’t sort of say, “Gary do you want to stay here?” every single year. So I have no idea what he’s going on about.
“I employ 600 people in a city. I’ve tried to look after them in a pandemic – is that not a hot enough seat for him? He’s done a great job at Liverpool, I’ve got no problem with Jurgen Klopp, I loved his team, but the fact of the matter is he’s spiky, he’s been let down by his owners, his owners have thrown him under a bus.
“That man, to be fair, we’re on the same page, we’re actually on the same team. But the fact of the matter is he can’t say what he wants to say and I can. And I accept that because the Jurgen Klopp that we know, that the Liverpool fans know, he hates every single little thing about [the European Super League].
“More than I do, more than you [Jamie Carragher] do, because it goes against everything he’s believed in and he’s been let down by his owners.”