Jurgen Klopp hits back at Gary Neville over Champions League comments

Jurgen Klopp hits back at Gary Neville over Champions League comments

"We are disappointed because we're going to miss him for this game and possibly Inter Milan in the Champions League, but it is not a big issue".

Tottenham are coming off an impressive 3-0 win against Manchester United at Old Trafford.

A set-back like that would normally restrict Liverpool, but the emergence of Naby Keita has allowed them to alter their team a little more, so much so that £43m summer signing Fabinho has not played a single minute. I think that's what let Liverpool down in the past - they had to play well to win, whereas now they look a lot more solid defensively and can still attack and score goals.

I don't know what he means with that, to be honest.

"Now with the Nations League, global managers can not rest players because it is a proper competition". To focus on one competition can only be if you are out, or almost out, or of if it's late in the season.

"Gary should come over and tell me exactly how that would work".

"But previous year, we had no chance to focus on one competition, we had to qualify for the Champions League".

Kane is likely to lead the line for Spurs when they host Klopp's Liverpool on Saturday as the Premier League returns after the worldwide break.

France's World Cup-winning captain Lloris is "expected to be out for several weeks" with a thigh injury according to the club, while manager Mauricio Pochettino is more hopeful Alli could return in time for the trip to Brighton on Sep 22.

"It's absolutely no problem", he said.

"It's not that I want to justify him, it's only because the period during the season always change".

Chelsea will be welcoming Cardiff City to Stamford Bridge as they will be looking to continue their ideal start of the season.

In fairness, hard to beat as the best teams I played in were, it is tougher being a Liverpool defender now than under Benitez and Gerard Houllier. We have a good team together so that takes time. We get so much information, we can see how the players react in different situations.

"I like Alderweireld but I think I'm going to have to pick both of Liverpool's centre-halves [Virgil Van Dijk and Joe Gomez]".

"The plan was - and is still - he will make us better and that is what we are working on".

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