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Klopp responds to Pep's Liverpool media bias claim

Klopp responds to Guardiola's claim that everyone wants Liverpool to win the Premier League

May 9, 2022 By Ali M.
After Man City's win over Newcastle, Pep claimed that everyone, including the media, wishes to see his side lose the Premier League title race. Here's what Jurgen had to say on this matter.

All eyes were on Manchester City vs Newcastle yesterday as fans eagerly waited to see how the Cityzens would react in their first game after their embarrassing UEFA Champions League semifinal exit at the hands of Real Madrid. Fortunately for the Premier League leaders, their response was nothing short of impeccable as they thrashed the Magpies 5-0.

Raheem Sterling got a brace while Foden, Laporte, and Rodri also got on the scoresheet to help the Etihad Stadium side pull three points ahead of closest rivals Liverpool due to the Reds' 1-1 slip-up at home to Tottenham. Despite this positive result, Pep did not appear to be in the greatest of moods after the game when speaking to the media, making some an eye-catching accusation of a bias for Klopp's men in the media.

Additionally, the Spaniard threw shade at Liverpool's Premier League record, highlighting that the Merseyside giants boast only one league title since the current competition's inception back in 1992, telling beIN Sports:

"Everyone in this country supports Liverpool, the media and everyone.

"Of course because Liverpool has an incredible history in European competition. Not in the Premier League, because they have won one in 30 years, but it is not a problem at all."

With Liverpool set to return to action on Tuesday for their showdown with Aston Villa, Klopp sat in front of reporters for the pre-match press conference and was presented with Guardiola's statement. The German, who enjoys a lovely relationship with Pep despite their rivalry on the pitch, could not help but laugh as the Manchester City boss' comments were read to him.

However, when asked for his thoughts on Pep's statement, Jurgen gave a calm and measured response. The former Dortmund tactician pointed to his post-match dig at Antonio Conte and his style of football immediately after Liverpool's 1-1 draw with Spurs, arguing that managers can often let the emotions get the better of them straight after a game. However, he unequivocally disagreed with the claim that the masses wish to see Salah and Co. lift the Premier League crown.

"I live in Liverpool. Here a lot of people want us to win the league, that's true. But even here, probably only 50 per cent! The other people are involved in another fight, at least until yesterday," Klopp said.

"As manager, I've had this experience recently, after a game we're obviously influenced by the game, by the situation, stuff like this. I said after the game Spurs play like they play and they're still only fifth. Would I say it again? No.

"It felt good in that moment but anyway it was wrong. It was just my feeling in that moment.

"I couldn't respect Antonio [Conte] and what he's doing and my God how he organises teams. I don't know exactly in which situation Pep was when he said that, after getting knocked out of the Champions League it's difficult to take but then of course Liverpool made it to the final.

"Then you have these kind of things, 'They played Villarreal and we played Real!' Then you say what you say. He's right.

"I was right with Tottenham being fifth and he was right we won the Premier League only once. I've no idea if the whole country is supporting us, I don't know that.

"It's not the feeling I get actually when we go to other places and play there, it's actually the opposite, but maybe he knows more about that than me."

Liverpool, who are through to both the UEFA Champions League and FA Cup finals, will aim to return to winning ways on Tuesday when they visit Villa Park. The Cityzens, on the other hand, will take to the field a day later in their clash with Wolves with the sole goal of maintaining their three-point lead at the top. 

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