Sky Sports pundit clashes with German in incredible exchange as Liverpool boss hits back at ‘thrown under a bus’ European Super League reference
Jurgen Klopp and Gary Neville exchanged tense words about Liverpool’s inclusion in the proposed European Super League on Monday night.
Twelve clubs – including the Premier League’s so-called ‘big six’ – are part of plans which would fundamentally alter the shape of European football.
Manchester United icon had lambasted the plans and called for the Premier League’s big six to be deducted points for signing up.
And after the Red Devils’ 3-1 victory over Burnley, Neville delivered another passionate attack on the proposals, and even suggested that the title should be awarded to Burnley as a result of the ‘greed’ of the big six clubs.
Speaking after Liverpool’s 1-1 draw with Leeds at Elland Road, the Reds boss took aim at the Sky Sports pundit during his post-match interview by suggested he had followed money throughout his career both as a player and a pundit.
“Gary Neville talks about ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’, that at least should already be forbidden, to be honest,” he told Sky Sports.
“We have a lot of rights to sing that anthem; that is our anthem, not his anthem, he really doesn’t understand this anyway.
“So I really don’t want these things because it is not fair. I understand all the talks around, and I don’t like it as well, but I don’t talk now about other clubs like this when you can be emotional.
“I wish Gary Neville would be in a hot seat somewhere and not everywhere where the most money is; he was at Man United and then Sky where the most money is.
“So don’t forget, that we have nothing to do with this. We are in the same situation like you are, we got the information and we have still to play football.”
Neville was offered the right to reply instantly after and insisted the pair were actually aligned in their views – while insisting he didn’t know ‘why he was living in his head’
However, the former England international suggested Klopp had been ‘thrown under a bus’ by Fenway Sports Group, as had the entirety of the Liverpool squad.
“Why is it not fair? I mean, I have handed out enough insults to Liverpool over the years,” Neville explained
“Yesterday was nothing to do with insulting Liverpool. I don’t know why I’m living in his head, to be honest with you.
“I don’t know what has spiked him. Yesterday was an impassioned plea from me about football and protecting football in this country and my biggest disappointment with Liverpool and Manchester United.
“I think I have equally distributed enough criticism to both clubs in the past 24 hours, so I don’t know what his problem is.
“I had a 25-year career at Manchester United, I’ve had an 11-year career at Sky and I worked hard for that. I’ve not been handed it, I’ve not gone where the most money is.
“I didn’t have choices; Sir Alex Ferguson didn’t say, ‘Gary do you want to stay here?’ every year.
“So I don’t know what he is going on about. I employ 600 hundred people in a city, 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 and I loved his team. But, the fact of the matter is, he is spiky.
“He has been let down by his owners, his owners have thrown him under the bus. We are on the same page.
“But the fact of the matter is, he can’t say what he wants to say and I can, and I accept that.
“The Jurgen Klopp that we know, he hates every little single thing about this – more than I do – because it goes against everything in his life that he has believed in and he has been let down.
“He has been let down by his owners and so have those players at Liverpool.”