No party for Liverpool’s Klopp over rival’s slip-ups

LONDON (AFP) – Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has insisted he has no interest in celebrating when a rival team drop points and cannot understand why anyone else would.

Premier League leaders Liverpool went five points clear of second-placed reigning champions Manchester City after a 1-1 draw with Leicester last Wednesday.

But many felt it was more a case of Liverpool dropping two points than gaining one.

Manchester City defender Kyle Walker tweeted a popular meme of England team-mate Harry Maguire from last year’s World Cup with the words “So basically they thought they were gonna go seven points ahead…”

Walker soon deleted the post but not before it had been widely shared.

File photo shows Jurgen Klopp embracing Georginio Wijnaldum at the end of the match against Leicester. – AP

When asked about Walker’s move, Klopp – who was previously unaware of the social media post – said on Friday, “I cannot help that. I am not sure what that says about us, it says something more about the other person.”

“I never celebrated that another team dropped points or lost a game. For me that’s not allowed.”

The Liverpool manager added, “That’s how I understand sports. You have to do your own things, to work out and show your best performance. I don’t understand it.

“For supporters it is a little bit different, for people involved I don’t understand.

“But it is nothing to criticise because I don’t understand so how can I criticise it.”

“There will always be a bunch of people who hope you win and another bunch who hope you will lose.

“You have to ignore both in your preparation, and in the end hopefully you celebrate with the ones who want you to win something.”