Last season, Liverpool shocked everyone by reaching the Champions League final.
Jurgen Klopp’s men ousted Porto, Manchester City and Roma on their way to the showpiece against Real Madrid in Kiev.
In the end, it was a disappointing outcome for the Merseyside outfit as they were beaten 3-1 by Los Blancos.
This season, the team are well equipped to challenge on all fronts, including the Premier League title.
With that in mind, former Manchester United captain Gary Neville suggested while speaking to The Times that Liverpool should exit the European competition as early as possible.
The Sky Sports pundit claimed that it would give the Reds a better chance of winning the league title.
Klopp has since had his say on those comments, telling reporters in his pre-match press conference:
“How does that work? Not play Champions League? Gary should tell me how that works. How do you prepare for a game and not focus on it? I don’t know what he means with that. We have to play football. A lot watch our games from the Champions League, it’s our job to do the best we can do.
“We will see, I don’t know what it means, to focus on one competition. It can only be if you’re nearly out of a competition, late in the season. But last year, we had no chance to focus on one competition, we had to qualify for the Champions League.
“Even Gary would say, don’t let City win. I don’t want to be too critical, sitting in an office is different to doing the job. What did he say about Man United in that situation? Nothing?”
Some Liverpool fans have also posted their thoughts on Neville’s suggestion, and a few could not resist making a dig at United.
Gary Neville thinks LFC should get out of CL as quickly as possible 😳
“If I were Liverpool I’d kick it into touch. I know that’s very hard to do but if they could go into February, March, April without it, I think they could have a real chance if they had free weeks.” pic.twitter.com/KWMfOHGFIT
— Empire of the Kop (@empireofthekop) September 13, 2018
Maybe Utd should do the same, then maybe they could still challenge for the last Europa League spot 😁😁
— alan lowndes (@alanlowndes1) September 13, 2018
He’s just petrified coz he knows how ruthless we can be in the UCL. #YNWA
— Sydlaw (@SydlawA) September 13, 2018
And then they wonder why all the PL teams are an embarrassment in europe
— 🇮🇹🏴🇫🇷🇮🇹🇹🇷 (@conquereditmate) September 13, 2018
Thinks that’s the only way to do it cause that’s all he saw at United. Other teams with more tactical managers managed to compete on multiple fronts
— Emmo (@The_Emmo) September 13, 2018
As much as it would be great to end the long wait to be English Champions, the Champions league winners are Champions of Europe a far higher accolade.
Great sides don’t prioritise they go for both
— St.Rochs 2004’s (@StRochs04) September 13, 2018
Of course he would because Liverpool have won 5 European Cup and Man United only 3. 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆 YNWA
— Harry Richardson (@Harryrich007) September 13, 2018
We don’t need your opinion Gary. Tq
— HAYKAL LOBA LOBA (@kuceng_xXx) September 13, 2018
Well, somebody tell Gary Neville that we are Liverpool and opinionated comments or statements from all concerning Liverpool are welcomed. But, we’ll prove y’all wrong. Just watch us. #LFC4Live
— A.J Abraham (@iWonderSef) September 14, 2018