Date published: Friday 18th September 2020 1:42
Jurgen Klopp made a sarcastic apology to the media on Friday after being probed about the rivalry with Frank Lampard.
The Liverpool boss was animated as he was asked about the relationship with the Chelsea boss.
Klopp was quick to reveal he did not “have a problem” with the Blues boss, despite a heated argument with the former England midfielder in July at Anfield.
Lampard uncharacteristically lost his cool during the 5-3 defeat and got himself embroiled in a heated exchange with the Liverpool bench.
“Fair play to Liverpool Football Club, they’ve won the league, but also don’t get too arrogant with it. That was my point, but it’s done. In match play, you can get emotional and that was it,” Lampard told Sky Sports.
Klopp responded and then more recently, when asked about transfers, the German referred to them as “clubs owned by countries and oligarchs”.
Klopp though was adamant there was no issue between the managers: “There is no rivalry. You should stop reading newspapers! When I heard what all these journalists made up I don’t get that. When you ask me, I answer and everyone takes it the way they want. You all make a story.
“You say I made a story about the ‘transfer behaviour of Chelsea’. What I said was that we cannot deal with the situation of ither clubs and one club mentioned was Chelsea, I don’t know. Then you make a story and then you create rivalry between Frank Lampard and me. Why?
“We meet two or three times a year and I respect what he is doing. He is probably a really nice guy, but I don’t know him privately, like he does not know me.
“Then on the sideline we are quite animated and emotional and sometimes you say a few words and a few minutes later you say a few ords you wish you hadn’t.
“That’s how life is, that’s how football is. Nothing more than that.
“I heard some people would be happy if there was an old rivalry again. Like there was with Arsene (Wenger) and (Sir Alex Ferguson), I’m pretty sure these two guys were good with each other.
“I don’t think the world needs stories about these things, but only you in the newspapers and I can’t help with the rivalry, sorry.”
“I do not have a problem with Frank Lampard.”
The clubs meet at Stamford Bridge on Sunday and Klopp has no new injuries from the opening-day win against Leeds.
“It has been an intense week, one or two little things but we should be okay. Nobody is coming back and the rest we will see. Everything seems okay,” he added.
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