Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp has hit out at Manchester United legend and now pundit Gary Neville's suggestion that the Merseyside outfit should prioritise the Premier League over the Champions League.
Speaking to The Times, Neville told the Reds to choose Premier League glory, saying, "I know that's very hard to do but if they could go into February, March, April without [the Champions League], I think they could have a real chance [of winning the league] if they had free weeks."
Klopp has now responded to that statement during his pre-match press conference ahead of their clash against Tottenham Hotspur, saying, "How does that work? Not play Champions League?," as per Sky Sports.
The German coach added, "How do you prepare for a game and not focus on it? You bring your kids in the Champions League? That would be funny. We have to play football."
Liverpool enjoyed a great run in Europe's premier club competition last season, reaching the final where they lost to Real Madrid. They finished fourth in the Premier League, behind winners Manchester City, with Manchester United and Tottenham taking second and third places.
He further said, "A lot of people watch our games from the Champions League, it's our job to do the best we can do in all these games. We will see, I don't know what it means, to focus on one competition 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," he concluded.