Klopp says ‘if a player wants to leave I’ll drive him myself’ after Salah strop over Liverpool missing Champions League
JURGEN KLOPP revealed he would “drive a player himself” ought to they want to leave Liverpool after they missed out on the highest 4.
The Reds have been consigned to Europa League soccer subsequent season after Manchester United’s 4-1 win over Chelsea on Thursday.
Mo Salah admitted to being “totally devastated” after missing out on a Champions League spot – saying it’s the “bare minimum” for Liverpool and that there’s “no excuse”.
Boss Klopp subsequently performed down the Egyptian’s feedback, however mentioned that he wouldn’t stand in any player’s approach in the event that they wished to leave so as to play within the Champions League.
Asked if he was involved that Salah might leave, forward of tomorrow’s ultimate day conflict with Southampton, the German mentioned: “No worries – no.
“I solely heard what he mentioned, I couldn’t learn something that would lead in that path.
“Mo loves being right here and Mo was a part of, he mentioned, apologies for what ‘we’ did – not apologies for ‘what the opposite guys did.’
“It is all effective. If ever a player would come to me and mentioned: ‘Oh, we didn’t qualify for the Champions League, I’ve to leave!’ I might drive him to the opposite membership myself.
“I might take the important thing and say: ‘Come within the automotive! Where would you like to go? I drive you.’
“That could be one thing I by no means might perceive – ‘Oh we didn’t qualify for the Champions League! I want to work within the Champions League, so I am going!’ I’m accountable for this mess, so you can’t go in these moments. It will not be the case with Mo, by no means.
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“And nobody else told me – they ask if they can have a longer holiday or whatever – but nobody asks me if after holiday they have to come back. So that was not in our conversation.”
Liverpool have reached three of the final 5 Champions League finals, and gained the competitors for a sixth time in 2019.
The Reds banked £80million for reaching final yr’s ultimate, whereas successful the Europa League could be price simply a quarter of that.
Quizzed if enjoying in Europe’s second-tier competitors could be a “booby prize” for his facet, Klopp, 55, mentioned: “What is a booby?! I wanted to develop into fifth to be taught that phrase.
“No, not for me. I perceive the place you might be coming from, soccer is like that, on the extent we often carry out it’s about Champions League due to the cash, due to the opponents and all this.
“And it isn’t that I comply with within the final 4 years group stage video games of the Europa League a lot.
“When you might be within the CL you have got a lot of different issues to do however I like European competitions. And for me that’s no distinction. I do know if you play there’s no distinction.
“There can be tough opponents, completely different nations most likely and in the long run a huge prize to win.
“Not that I say now we are going to try this however we are going to strive it, positively. People might imagine ‘Ah, it’s simply the Europa League’ however I’m 100 per cent certain that come the primary whistle, Thursday evening, whoever is the opponent, Anfield can be rocking. And that’s all I want.
“If somebody wants to go through the whole year and think ‘ah but it’s not Champions League!’ then I cannot help that person. I don’t know how you can help them.”