I’m not Sir Alex Ferguson, I do not play thoughts video games

I’m not Sir Alex Ferguson, I do not play thoughts video games

Jurgen Klopp has stated he’s not able to taking part in “thoughts video games” within the Premier League title race after being accused of trying to repeat Sir Alex Ferguson by ex-referee Mark Clattenburg following the Liverpool supervisor’s declare that Manchester United have had “extra penalties in two years than I’ve had in five-and-a-half years.”

Klopp criticised the selections of the match officers earlier this month after Liverpool’s 1-Zero defeat at Southampton, when striker Sadio Mane had two penalty appeals turned down.

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That loss, coupled with United’s 1-Zero win at Burnley in midweek, ensures that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team to journey to Anfield on Sunday forward of Liverpool on the high of desk, with hopes rising at Previous Trafford of a primary title success since Ferguson’s retirement as supervisor in 2013.

Ferguson led United to 13 Premier League titles and was infamous for enjoying so-called thoughts video games, with well-timed feedback in opposition to opposition managers and referees, throughout his reign as supervisor.

However after Clattenburg stated this week that Klopp was trying to make use of Ferguson’s strategies to affect Sunday’s referee, Paul Tierney, the Anfield boss insisted such a transfer just isn’t in his make-up.

“Am I shocked that anyone is speaking about what I stated? No. Am I shocked that Mark Clattenburg speaks about it? No,” Klopp stated.

“I’m not certain if he was requested a variety of issues, however lengthy after his profession, it’s good for him that we are able to discuss him as effectively.

“However I’m not Sir Alex and this isn’t thoughts video games. After the Southampton sport, we had one other sport [Aston Villa in the FA Cup] earlier than United and I did not suppose for a second in regards to the United sport in that second.

“However earlier than the sport at Southampton, I noticed the stat in regards to the penalties (for United) and that is what I discussed.

“However folks like Mark Clattenburg, talking how they converse, it says way more about them than it might ever say about me.

“If he can be in my state of affairs, he would clearly play thoughts video games, however sadly I’ve no expertise for enjoying thoughts video games and that is my downside.”

United ahead Marcus Rashford has stated this week that former Previous Trafford supervisor Jose Mourinho instructed him that he needed to be extra “savvy” to win penalties after being fouled.

However when requested whether or not he has ever delivered the identical message to his gamers, Klopp insisted he has by no means executed so.

“I can 100% truthfully say I’ve by no means, ever talked about one thing like this, to any participant,” he stated. “I’ve labored with many gamers in my time, ask all of them, it by no means occurred. That is it.

“There are two conditions within the final two video games — Sadio Mane had a foul state of affairs, which was a penalty for me however this isn’t essential as a result of I can not whistle for it. It is simply my opinion.

“There was a state of affairs when Sadio did not go down and, when folks say he’s a diver or no matter, it is simply not proper.

“The sport earlier than, in opposition to Newcastle, we now have photos of the goalkeeper sat on the bottom with each arms round Sadio’s legs. He did not go down — he tried to attain a aim.

“I did not ask him, ‘Why did not you go down?’ We did not talk about it. If Sadio will get fouled, he goes down. If not, he doesn’t.

“That is the state of affairs. It isn’t the participant who ought to make the choice, it is the ref who ought to make the choice.

“However the subsequent day after Southampton, I attempted to know how folks dwelling on one other planet would see it, {that a} handball was not handball and the Mane factor was not a penalty as effectively.

“OK, I am fallacious and so they [ex referees] are all the time proper. I do not need penalties that aren’t penalties, but when it’s a penalty, it might be good if there’s a penalty as a result of it is a part of the sport.”

Liverpool can substitute United on the high of the desk with a win on Sunday, however a defeat would ship the champions six factors adrift of the 20-time English title winners.

However Klopp, who confirmed that Joel Matip has an opportunity of returning the guts of defence after damage, stated that there isn’t a additional motivation required to beat conventional rivals United in any sport.

“Profitable in opposition to United is sufficient in itself, it is not vital there are particular components due to the state of affairs they’re in proper now,” Klopp stated. “They deserve the factors they’ve, however there’s nonetheless a protracted technique to go within the season and Man Metropolis will not be too far behind both.”

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