Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp brushed off Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho’s barb that the Reds have been overhyped by the media.
Post his team’s goalless draw against their fierce rivals, Mourinho pointed out how the media had created all the hype around Liverpool. The Portuguese boss proclaimed how Liverpool were not the “last wonder of the world” as his side restricted the Liverpool attack for large parts of the match.
When probed by the reporters upon being informed about Mourinho’s comments, Klopp simply said that he was not interested and was rather focusing towards the immediate task at hand – the Premier League meeting against West Brom at Anfield on Saturday evening.
Klopp said: ““I have no idea what this could mean. I’m not interested, to be honest.” And speaking about the threat West Brom will pose, Klopp said his players are ready for the challenge, adding: “We already did it in the different games – we have different plans. West Brom plays like West Brom, Tony Pulis has a specific way and he is very experienced in this and it makes him successful in the last few years with different teams.”
Meanwhile, Klopp also praised attacking midfielder Adam Lallana on the eve of the former Southampton man’s 100th appearance for the club.
“He is a very good football player, very important for us and in my opinion his development is not that big; I didn’t watch the games before I came [here], but since I have been here he has been on a constant high level. With all the improvement in the team, he can take the benefit of this too. He brings a lot in the team with all of his quality and that’s alright, all good.”
The English midfielder has been influential for the Reds ever since the start of the season, being a pivotal part of the fluid Liverpool attack. Lallana has already scored three goals and assisted a further three in nine appearance for the Merseyside club this season and the fact that he was voted as the club’s player of the month for September highlights his rise as the fan favourite.
With Liverpool unbeaten in eight matches in all competitions Klopp would be hoping Lallana, along with his teammates, can continue his good form as Tony Pulis’ side come calling.