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Jurgen Klopp Couldn't Resist Taking A Dig At Man United's European Defeat This Week

Jurgen Klopp Couldn't Resist Taking A Dig At Man United's European Defeat This Week
By Gavin Cooney

Say what you like about Jurgen Klopp, but the man knows how to make himself popular among his own fans: he has a deep appreciation of what people want to hear.

After his Liverpool side had knocked out Manchester United in the Europa League in March of this year, Klopp showed up to his press conference wearing a Beatles t-shirt. Had United won that clash, it is difficult to imagine Louis Van Gaal facing the media in a Smiths' t-shirt.

Van Gaal has now left to make room for the Jose Mourinho show, but despite the change in managers, the poor record in Europe persists. Thursday's 2-1 defeat to Fenerbahce means United have lost their last five European games away from home - a dismal club record.

And this latest defeat did not go unnoticed by Klopp. Ahead of Sunday's game against Watford, Klopp was asked about how his club's lack of European football had affected them this season, and whether it was actually a positive.

Here's his response:

For the last six, seven years I was always travelling through Europe. I never thought ‘this is too much'.

If you want to be successful, you need European football.

Watford didn’t travel last week. They have the same situation. We have to show we use the time for training over the whole season, not the first 10 games.

Did you ask the same of Antonio Conte? They have the same situation.

Maybe Manchester United have the same from January onwards?

We're not sure how well that will go down with Mourinho. Unfortunately, we may not hear what he thinks of it for a while: his touchline ban means that media duties around the weekend's game with Swansea will be carried out by his long-time right-hand man, Rui Faria.

Elsewhere, Klopp confirmed that his side may dip into the transfer market in January to sign a forward: Danny Ings will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury, while Sadio Mané will be playing in the Africa Cup of Nations with Senegal.

[Football 365]

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