Tuesday February 18 2020
Klopp: 'I respect Sarri'

Liverpool coach Jürgen Klopp apologised to Maurizio Sarri after his comments about Juventus and said he didn’t want to “put pressure” on the Old Lady coach.

Klopp had claimed that the Bianconeri consist of such quality that he was surprised that Sarri’s side weren’t leading by 10 points in Serie A this term.

But he corrected his comment on a press conference ahead of Liverpool’s match against Atletico Madrid tonight and said he “respects” the Italian tactician “too much” to deliberately put pressure on him.

“I didn’t want to put Maurizio under pressure,” Klopp said at a press conference. “I don’t play these kinds of mind games.

“Sometimes I don’t think before I speak, that happens. I said I don’t know why Juve aren’t 10 points ahead in the League.

The German coach revealed that he watched Lazio beat Inter 2-1 on Sunday and pointed at that game to correct the misunderstanding.

“I saw Lazio against Inter yesterday and that’s the reason. These two teams are the reason. Inter are there, firing again, Lazio play a once in a century season, then it will be tight,” he added. “I didn’t want to put any pressure on Maurizio, I respect him absolutely too much and I was happy when I heard his response, saying I’m funny.

“It happens that I say things that nobody should take too serious. The biggest favourites in the competition are PSG, so now they have the pressure,” he joked. “I don’t think anything I say will put pressure on any team, to be honest.”

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