Klopp hits back at Wilder on ‘selfishness’ and what’s said in meetings

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Jurgen Klopp has angrily hit back at Chris Wilder, after the Sheffield United boss labelled him a “world-class politician”.

The two have come head to head over a series of key issues in recent weeks, in particular, the debate over five substitutions returning.

The Premier League is yet to bring back the extra changes that have remained in top-flights across Europe.

Wilder was also critical of the Liverpool manager for failing to talk about supporters not being allowed in 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.

"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."

And Klopp made specific reference to the Blades boss in an astonishing post-match rant following Liverpool’s dramatic draw with Brighton.

James Milner became the latest Liverpool injury concern, hobbling off with a hamstring issue in the second-half.

Klopp suggested Wilder himself had been selfish as talks with the other Premier League clubs remain ongoing.

"Wednesday to Saturday at 12:30 is very dangerous for the players,” Klopp told BT Sport. “When we had the talk between the managers – a week ago now, I think – it was 15-5 or 16-4 in favour for five subs. Since then, nothing’s happened.

"Chris Wilder says constantly that I'm selfish. Things he’s saying shows that he’s selfish.

“We now have three subs and they have one point, if I’m right, so there’s no advantage or disadvantage. Today, if we had five subs, I take off Robbo and bring on Tsimikas. Not to make our game better, just to save him.

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“It’s not about changing tactics and systems, it’s just to save the best.”

The Liverpool boss went on to detail Wilder’s role in the talks, as the row threatens to divide clubs ahead of the festive fixture schedule.

"We had a meeting and in that meeting everybody had to speak,” Klopp added. “Chris was clear that it was not helpful for Sheffield United. Fifteen others at least said it had to change.

“They said it makes sense. If that happens in January for example, it could be too late. But we deal with it, recover and prepare again."

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