16 Jan Man United’s Fernandes hits again at Klopp’s penalty feedback forward of prime desk conflict
Bruno Fernandes has hit again at Jurgen Klopp’s suggestion that Manchester United get too many penalties, saying he does not care what folks suppose.
Klopp has hinted that his Liverpool team are much less prone to get penalty selections than United.
Forward of the essential prime of the desk conflict between the 2 sides at Anfield on Sunday, Fernandes, who has scored 15 penalties since transferring to Previous Trafford from Sporting Lisbon a yr in the past, mentioned Klopp’s feedback are a tactic to affect referees he has seen earlier than throughout his time in Portugal.
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“I do not care, truthfully,” Fernandes mentioned.
“You all the time see what folks say however I actually do not care. I am not centered on what they’re saying. I performed in Portugal and whenever you play for Sporting, Benfica and Porto are all the time speaking about that sort of stuff — generally to place stress on the referee, generally simply to make some noise within the press. However, for me, the primary level is when we have now a penalty, if I’m going to take the ball to the penalty spot, I’ve to do my job.”
United have been awarded six penalties within the league this season, another than Liverpool and 4 fewer than Leicester Metropolis’s 10.
Former Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg has mentioned Klopp’s focus on United’s penalties is designed to place stress on Sunday’s referee, Paul Tierney.
Fernandes mentioned there’s a easy clarification for the variety of spot-kicks they get.
“We now have actually fast gamers up entrance,”he added. “Anthony [Martial] is likely one of the greatest gamers one towards one within the field, Marcus [Rashford] is one other one who’s fast and has fast toes who can take the ball away from the defender in any second.
“It is regular that generally due to that [they will be tripped] and can fall they usually acquire penalties. It’s what it’s. Individuals can discuss and say what they need. However, for me and the team, the primary level is continuous to do the best issues and after we get a penalty, simply scoring.”
United will kick off at Anfield three factors clear on the prime following their 1-Zero win over Burnley on Tuesday.
It’s the first time since 2013 that they’ve been concerned within the title race this late into the season.
Liverpool moved onto 19 titles once they had been topped champions final season and Fernandes mentioned he wouldn’t wish to see them retain the trophy.
“You do not need your rivals on the identical degree as you, or with the identical quantity of trophies as you,” he added.
“So it is clear for everybody right here on the membership and within the dressing room, everybody is aware of what it means for the supporters. However the primary level for us is to know what each recreation means to us. Each recreation has to imply the identical. We now have to enter each recreation with the identical mentality as we have now for Liverpool.
“It will be much more enjoyable with 21 titles and Liverpool nonetheless on 19, in fact, however the primary level for us is to maintain going and make our greatest in each recreation.”