Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder has issued comments labelling Jurgen Klopp a ‘world-class politician’ over recent arguments the Liverpool manager has made concerning the fixture pile-up.
Liverpool take on Brighton and Hove Albion this Saturday lunchtime, a little over 48 hours after losing to Atalanta in the Champions League.
The hectic nature of the fixture schedule, intensified by the requirements of the TV companies, is there for all to see and, naturally, Klopp has spoken out against it and for the reintroduction of five subs in the Premier League.
Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder, though, is against the five sub rule returning as he feels it gives the bigger clubs an advantage, and he’s gone on to label Klopp ‘selfish’ and a ‘world-class politician.’
Quoted by the Mirror, he said:
“He’s a world-class manager and a world-class politician, who cares about Liverpool. That’s all he cares about. He’s a world-class politician.
“I know he’s been vocal on that and Jurgen isn’t going to say it’s not right that they can have fans in as they’re in tier 2 and Sheffield United, Leeds, Manchester and all the rest of the north are not allowed in.
“They’re selfish, they look after their own clubs. They’re not going to be bothered about Sheffield United, they’re not going to be bothered about England.”
ANFIELD WATCH VERDICT
This debate is probably going to rumble on a little longer yet given the nature of the fixture list in the coming weeks and the hope will just be players get through it as unscathed as possible.
Ultimately, on Wilder’s comments, you have to be selfish when managing a football club as you look to bring the best to your side. Indeed, the Blades manager has effectively hinted that he is the same anyway with not wanting the five sub rule to come back in.
Reds fan and writer for Anfield Watch, currently based in the south and still not over Xabi Alonso’s exit. Also a match-going reporter in the EFL.