Jurgen Klopp’s withering response to Chris Wilder after “politician” jibe

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has hit back at Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder following his comments earlier this week.

The Blades boss last week accused Klopp of being “selfish” over his demands for the return of five substitutes because it would help Liverpool.

And Wilder again took aim at the Reds boss for not calling for supporters to be allowed back into all Premier League grounds.

“He’s a world-class manager and a world-class politician, who cares about Liverpool,” he said. “That’s all he cares about.

“He was never going to say what about Sheffield United getting their fans back in or Newcastle or Man City or Man United or anybody else. He’s a world-class politician.

Jurgen Klopp was left frustrated after Liverpool dropped two late points against Brighton
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"Cards on the table, he’s (Klopp's) going to look after his own club. I’ve got incredible respect for these top managers because they produce top results and win things."

Speaking following his side's 1-1 draw against Brighton on Saturday, however, Klopp made reference to Wilder's first comments during an extraordinary interview with BT Sport's Des Kelly.

He made reference to how having five substitutes could have helped him in the encounter against the Seagulls, and said he would have replaced Andy Robertson for Konstantinos Tsimikas before the Scottish left-back gave away a late penalty in the game at the Amex.

Klopp said: "Chris Wilder says I am selfish. I think all the things he says are selfish.

"I was in a similar situation as he is when I worked at Mainz – all about staying in the league.

Chris Wilder had aimed a jibe at Klopp earlier this week
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“But they now have three subs, and one point, if I’m right, so there’s no advantage or disadvantage.

"If I had five subs today, I bring on Kostas for Robbo, to save Robbo. It's about saving players."

Liverpool are facing yet another injury problem after James Milner was forced off in the second-half, and they are down to the absolute bare bones in defence.

The result against Brighton still means they move back to the top of the Premier League table, although they will drop to second if Tottenham beat Chelsea on Sunday.

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