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Klopp frustrated by criticism of Ten Hag’s start at Man Utd

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said he was close to phoning into a radio show when he heard criticism of Erik ten Hag.

Ten Hag has got off to a dismal start at Manchester United, who head into Monday’s clash with rivals Liverpool on the back of two defeats in their opening games.

A 2-1 home defeat to Brighton and Hove Albion was followed by a humiliating 4-0 thrashing at the hands of Brentford last weekend.

But Klopp, whose team have hardly set the world alight in their two matches so far, drawing to both Fulham and Crystal Palace, said the harsh criticism of Ten Hag had angered him.

Using the example of talkSPORT pundit Gabriel Agbonlahor, Klopp suggested the reaction from some in the media has been overblown.

He said in a press conference:

“It was not pleasant for United after the Brentford game.

“We forget in these moments how good Brentford are, to be honest.

“I drove home and listened to talkSPORT and Gabby.

“He lost against us 6-0 my first year [Villa v Liverpool, Feb 2016], I couldn’t remember him as a mentality monster on the pitch, but I was close to calling what he said about United on that show. In!

“I was close to calling in and telling him, ‘you have forgotten thoroughly you used to be a player’ it was unbelievable, and if ex-players are talking like this, you can imagine how everyone else is going.

“You then have to ask yourself, ‘how would you want to react in this situation?’ You would, of course, fight back, that’s completely normal, and that’s what we expect.

“The good news is that it’s always the same when we play United.”

Klopp also believes Ten Hag oversaw a 4-0 win over Liverpool in pre-season.

He has a clear plan that he is attempting to implement.

Klopp added:

“It’s obvious what he wants to do: build out from the back. We played them in the pre-season [4-0 defeat in Bangkok]. You could see and feel the high-press idea.

“We were not ready for that game… we made some mistakes, but they used them well.

“The quality of United upfront is ridiculous. I heard [Anthony] Martial can play probably.

“He played against us a perfect game—another boy with technique and speed.

“Football quality in midfield, who is it? [Christian] Eriksen, [Bruno] Fernandes, Donny van de Beek, Fred – Gabby doesn’t like him, I think, but I think he’s an outstanding player – and [Scott] McTominay.

“Hence, there’s real quality there, and it’s just about how we deal with that.

“But again, this one, two games they played in the league, I saw them both.

“And we have to try to figure out if he will change.

“And if we will change and we go from there.”

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