Jurgen Klopp has this season been very open and honest regarding his feelings towards the Premier League ruling on substitutions and the broadcasting influence on the timing and scheduling of match fixtures.
In fact, Klopp and BT Sport journalist Des Kelly had an intriguing debate after Liverpool’s 1-1 draw with Brighton.
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However, prior to this, Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder had spoken out about Klopp’s comments regarding substitutions labelling him ‘selfish’ for focusing purely on Liverpool. This prompted Klopp to retort by saying that United had just ‘3 subs and one point.’
Wilder was questioned on the German’s retort and responded with a calm and measured opinion.
“I’m not going to talk about it right at this particular moment. I can imagine you can understand my view on that so maybe that’s for another time,” said Wilder.
“Today is talking about today’s result and as Jurgen said – a good observation – we’re still on that one point, as he pointed out. Everybody has that right to do that (defend their own club’s view). There is 20 votes in this league and everybody looks after himself right the way through.”
“Nobody is looking after Sheffield United the right way now, so we have to look after ourselves. I am not really going into the nuts and bolts of what was said. I have got a huge amount of respect for Liverpool Football Club, as I always have done. I also have a huge amount of respect for Jurgen.”
“Whether it is looking after the football club, whether it is selfish or another word. By the way, there are a few more managers in there as well that have looked after their own club. I will always look after Sheffield United.”
Sheffield United are currently bottom of the Premier League table with their sole point having lost to West Brom. Meanwhile, Liverpool are currently top but could be overtaken by both Spurs or Chelsea after the pair face each other today.
Sheffield United’s defeat to West Brom has put Chris Wilder under arguably the greatest amount of pressure in the league. Sitting at the foot of the table with teams above with a game less to play, the situation for The Blades could yet become worse.
After the match, Wilder was however bullish. Believing that his side had done enough and deserved more.
“We did enough to win the game. Watching through my eyes the majority of the play was to the right in the second half and it’s a game we should have won with the amount of chances we have had,” said Wilder.
“There’s a lot of boys in there disappointed about the outcome of the game, because I think we’ve done enough to get something from it.”
“Should have been up early in the game and changed the shape a couple of times in the second half – these are not just half chances and it’s quite incredible we have not scored one. That hurts.”
Wilder decided not to start Rhian Brewster, the club’s record signing from Liverpool is yet to score since his arrival. However, it was interesting that in the club’s most pivotal game of the season so far, Wilder’s most valuable asset did not start and this could cost the club come the end of the season.
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