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“Full of Sharks” – Jurgen Klopp has no sympathy for opposition manager

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has no sympathy for Erik Ten Hags’ problems

Speaking in his pre-match presser (h/t Liverpool Echo) ahead of the derby clash against Manchester United, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has no sympathy for Erik Ten Hags’ problems and believes that the Manchester United boss’s struggles aren’t unique.

“Do I feel sympathy? No,”

If it’s football problems, we (all) have problems. 

The sea is full of sharks in the football world. It’s not necessary that I feel sympathy. It would not help them (United), and it would not harm them that I don’t do it.”

Jurgen Klopp has the experience of being an outsider to the Premier League and subsequently staking his claim and making a mark. Therefore, it is totally justifiable on his part to portray the message of every man defending himself. It might be a harsh listen but it is the reality of the Premier League.

Sometimes, the best of the best also end up struggling and as competitors, one would look to take advantage of the weakness rather than show sympathy for it.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has no sympathy for Erik Ten Hags' problems.
Jurgen Klopp talked about Erik ten Hag’s Premier League start.

Jurgen Klopp’s personality and charisma are now fully embedded in his squad and the results have been there to support it.

However, it was not always like this and he was aware when he joined Liverpool that there was a long way to go before he marked his blueprint on the team. Another thing to give serious consideration to is that Klopp has ongoing problems of his own ahead of the historic fixture, with many first-team stars out of contention.

Therefore, it makes complete sense for him to give straightforward advice to Erik Ten Hag, something which the Dutchman could actually make use of.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has no sympathy for Erik Ten Hags' problems.
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Klopp had quite through a similar phase of struggle with the Liverpool side when he took reign and it took them a couple of seasons to get to grips with the demand of the manager.

At the onset, it looks like the Manchester United manager wants to follow a similar path of inculcating his blueprint on the struggling United side and as Klopp says, it will require patience, belief and an effort to curb outside noise to achieve success, especially at a top club where one is expected to perform from the get-go.

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Liverpool and United are not on the same levels currently but this will not take away the magic of the fixture and the immense history associated with it.

With both teams looking for their first win, it will be an exciting fixture come Monday night and we can only hope that our impressive dominance over our rivals continues.