While Liverpool registered a comprehensive 4-1 victory over Premier League rivals Manchester United on Sunday in the International Champions Cup, Jurgen Klopp wasn’t particularly “happy” with the result.
Sadio Mane, Daniel Sturridge and Sheyi Ojo got on the scoresheet as well as summer signing Xherdan Shaqiri, who notched a stunning, trademark overhead kick.
However, Klopp didn’t make a big deal of the win, pointing out clearly that it was just a pre-season game.
Hear what the German boss had to say…
Daniel Sturridge says getting another chance at Liverpool is like returning to an old girlfriend.
The England striker’s injury struggles have robbed him of playing time at Anfield over the last few seasons, as he fell down the pecking order under manager Jurgen Klopp and was eventually sent out on loan to West Brom for the second half of last season.
However, he’s returned to the club and looked sharp in preseason, and Klopp has been suitably impressed.
For his part, the 28-year-old says he’s happy being back at the club he nearly led to a long-awaited Premier League triumph in 2013-14, when his partnership with Luis Suarez had taken Liverpool to a second-place finish in the league.
“I’ve never had any issues with anybody at the club,” Sturridge said. “I’ve never had any issues with the manager, with the staff. I love it here. I love the players, but sometimes you have to do something for you.
“It’s the same as, I don’t know, if you’ve been with a woman for a long time, and then you’re like, ‘Man, I don’t feel like it’s working out anymore.’ But then you go away, like, ‘Me and my girl’s relationship was kind of sweet still. I might have to go back there.’ It’s kind of like that.
“Like I said, I’ve always loved the club. I’ve never changed. I don’t see myself going, but you never know what happens in the future.
“How I am now, I’m enjoying myself, and it’s a great vibe right now, so no complaints at all from me. I’m looking forward to trying to help the team be successful this season.”
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has hit back at “ruthless and brutal” Sergio Ramos as the war of words between the club and the Real Madrid captain following last season’s Champions League final continues.
Ramos was accused of deliberately injuring Mohamed Salah in the first half, in an incident which led to Liverpool’s talismanic Egyptian being taken off, and subsequently blamed for the reported concussion Reds goalkeeper Loris Karius suffered in a later incident, with the German going on to make two vital errors as Madrid won 3-1.
The Spaniard has laughed off most of the claims, which has further incensed Liverpool, and on Friday Klopp decided to respond with an astonishing tirade againt Ramos.
“If you watch it back and you are not with Real Madrid then you think it is ruthless and brutal,” Klopp told reporters.
“I saw the ref taking charge of big games at the World Cup and nobody really thinks about that later. But in a situation like that somebody needs to judge it better.
“If VAR is coming then it is a situation where you have to look again. Not to give a red card but to look again and say: ‘What is that?’ It was ruthless.
“I’m not sure it is an experience we will have again – go there and put an elbow to the goalkeeper, put their goalscorer down like a wrestler in midfield and then you win the game. That was the story of the game.
“Ramos said a lot of things afterwards that I didn’t like. As a person I didn’t like the reactions of him. He was like: ‘Whatever, what do they want? It’s normal.’ No, it is not normal.
“If you put all of the situations of Ramos together then you will see a lot of situations with Ramos. The year before against Juve he was responsible for the red card for [Juan] Cuadrado. Nobody talks about that afterwards.
“It is like we, the world out there, accepts that you use each weapon to win the game. People probably expect that I am the same. I am not.
“We are aggressive but I always use the word ‘legal’ as well. Usually if you try something you will get punished. Someone will see it and ban you for four or five weeks. But in this example, no one.
“This ref should have had the courage to decide that game. In this situation we didn’t get it and, if you write this, people will say I am weak or a bad loser or a whiner. I am not. I accept it. It’s not like I wake up in the morning and think: ‘Ramos!’”