Jurgen Klopp slams Neville after suggesting UCL ouster would be a blessing

Jurgen Klopp slams Neville after suggesting UCL ouster would be a blessing

- Jurgen Klopp has replied Man United legend Gary Neville after suggesting that crashing out of the Champions League would be a blessing

- The Reds battle Bayern Munich in the second leg of their UCL clash in Germany this evening

- Neville believes Liverpool crashing out of the UEFA tourney would help them focus on the Premier League title chase

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp believes it would be 'mad' to think crashing out of the Champions League could help his side end their 29 years domestic title drought.

Jurgen Klopp's men are currently trailing Manchester City with one point on the log after 30 EPL matches despite thrashing Burnley 4-2 over the weekend.

The Reds battle German League giants Bayern Munich for a chance to progress to the quarterfinals of the competition on Wednesday after a goalless draw in the last 16 first leg.

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"I don't think any other coach has to answer this question," said Klopp. It only happens if you're Liverpool manager and the pundits come from Manchester United."

Liverpool were thrashed 3-1 in the final of the European competition last season by Real Madrid in Kiev.

Meanwhile, Manchester United legend Gary Neville feels crashing out of the UEFA elite championship will help them focus on the league.

"They [pundits] talk constantly," added Klopp. "It doesn't mean they make more sense because of that. That's the problem.

"It is so easy to sit in an office or a studio and talk about things like that.

"We don't draw up a season and say the best way to go through it is to go out of all the cup competitions early.

"You do that and in that moment the same people go for you like mad.

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"Now it is closer to the end of the season and it is allowed to go out of the Champions League without even trying to go through? That's really mad.

"I am not angry about it. It's just so mad that I constantly get confronted by it."

Klopp further explained the importance of the Champions League to the Anfield outfit, and by extension, himself, describing the tournament as a "money-throwing competition".

A run to last year's final earned the Reds about £72m, which contributed to a £106m world record profit.

"We all have to qualify constantly for the Champions League - that's what gives us the money to improve," he said.

"When we qualified [for the knockout phase] by beating Napoli I'm unsure how much we earned - a lot in one game."

Klopp added that: "It is a money… what is it? It is a money-throwing competition and we have to be in it as long as possible because we have to improve the situation for the club.

"I didn't think a second before that game [against Napoil], 'Oh my God, we have to earn this money for the club. We only wanted to go through. After we got through it was like, 'Wow, that's proper.'

"We have to earn most of the money for ourselves with the football that we play. That is exactly what you can do in the Champions League."

Legit.ng earlier reported that Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has been crowned Premier League manager of the month of December, while Virgil Van Dijk won the player's category of the prize.

The German tactician led his Reds armies to victories in all English topflight encounters in the month under review.

They also scored 22 goals and conceded just three as they rose to the summit of the table ahead of Man City and Tottenham.

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