While Manchester United’s Jose Mourinho and Paul Pogba continue their bitter feud that has stolen headlines for almost a year, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp won’t be drawn into the fiery disconnect at Manchester United.
When Klopp was asked about his own relationships with his players, Klopp believed that any answer he provided could be viewed as a comment on how things are playing out at Old Trafford.
“I’m not as smart as Carlo Ancelotti, but I’m smart enough to not answer this question in these times,” Klopp said.
“Because we all know what you all would make of all the things I could say about this. That’s why I will not answer the question.”
Liverpool take on Ancelotti’s Napoli on Wednesday which will be the second match of their Champions League Group C campaign.
The match will be a return for Klopp as he will be in the Stadio San Paolo for the first time since he was handed a two-match touchline ban for berating the fourth official in 2013.
“It was one of the bad experiences I had, to be honest,” Klopp said. “I heard he’s still here, that’s nice. We couldn’t speak that much last time, but my Italian skills are not much better than five years ago.
“How can I say, it was not my best performance personally. I reacted in a way which was absolutely not OK. I still understand why I was not happy with the situation, but the reaction was a bit too much and then they gave me a two-game ban. I had to watch two games from the stand.
“It was because my behaviour in the Bundesliga was not too good before that. Since then, nothing happened. It was, how you say, my last time when I was a bit too excited. I know it will not happen again.
“They sent me in the stand and I went there, but it was not nice, sitting there and getting all the comments from the people around.
“So I decided to do something different in the second half and I was then with the groundsman in a little room with a big Maradona shirt on the wall.
“I heard now there’s a Marco Reus shirt next to it — a few things stayed the same and a few changed in a better way.”