Jurgen Klopp has defended Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United team selection in the defeat to Leicester. Per Liverpool head coach Klopp – ‘It is not the fault of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’.
Solskjaer’s United went down 2-1 on Tuesday night. This was unsurprising, seeing that the manager made 10 changes to the side which beat Aston Villa on Sunday.
Now, United must further return to near full strength when Liverpool visit Old Trafford on Thursday.
And before this long-overdue fixture, Klopp refused to condemn Solskjaer for the way he has managed his resources.
Instead, the Liverpool boss believes the Premier League could have done more to create a smoother fixture list.
Klopp on United’s Scheduling Predicament
After fans’ protest at Old Trafford overthrew the two sides’ meeting earlier this month, the Premier League mismanaged the postponement.
Or so, at least, pointed out Klopp, when he spoke at his pre-match press conference on Wednesday.
“It was the line-up I expected,” he said about United’s team against Leicester.
“I knew that he has to make these changes. I said it 500 times, with all the things that happened and the protests at Manchester which caused the situation, to play Sunday-Tuesday-Thursday is a crime. It is.”
Per Klopp, “It is not the fault of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer or the players.”
“So my question to myself was ‘would I have done the same?’ Yes, you have to. You have to,” he continued.
“We are late in the season. United went to the Europa League final, which means an awful lot of games, and now you get Sunday-Tuesday-Thursday. That’s not possible.”
Klopp on City Stealing Liverpool’s Title
Klopp also used his press conference to offer his well wishes to newly-crowned champions City.
“Great achievement, congratulations,” he congratulated.
“I texted Pep [Guardiola] last night, I already texted Ilkay [Gundogan] obviously. Really well done,” he informed about offering congratulations.
“A really difficult year for the whole football world, and what they achieved so far is exceptional, having won the title in the past, now five in 10 years,” he observed.