Chris Wilder labels Jurgen Klopp a 'world-class politician'

Chris Wilder labels Jurgen Klopp a ‘world-class politician’ who only cares about Liverpool… a week after branding the Reds boss ‘selfish’ for moaning about fixture congestion and five subs

  • Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder has launched a fresh dig at Jurgen Klopp
  • Wilder last week said the Liverpool boss was ‘selfish’ over fixture congestion 
  • The Blades boss believes Liverpool and the top clubs only care about themselves
  • Wilder has called him a ‘world-class politician’ regarding fans back in grounds

Chris Wilder has labelled Jurgen Klopp a ‘world-class politician’ after it was announced that Anfield could welcome back fans in Tier 2, but Bramall Lane could not in Tier 3. 

Last week, the Sheffield United manager said the Liverpool boss was ‘selfish’ over his concerns regarding fixture congestion, TV companies picking inconvenient kick-off times and the lack of five substitutions. 

Now, Wilder has taken a fresh dig at Klopp over the new rules which mean Liverpool can welcome back 2,000 fans, but the Blades and nine other Premier League teams can’t. 

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder has labelled Jurgen Klopp a ‘world-class politician’

Klopp had previously felt the wrath of Wilder over his complaints about fixture scheduling

‘He’s a world-class manager and a world-class politician, who cares about Liverpool,’ Wilder 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. 

‘I know his background on support and how much Anfield has been a fortress. The Liverpool support is magnificent, I know it is because my old man is from that part of the world.

‘I know he’s been vocal on that and Jurgen isn’t going to say it’s not right that they can have fans in as they’re in Tier 2 and Sheffield United, Leeds, Manchester and all the rest of the north are not allowed in. 

Wilder says Klopp was never going to think about clubs who could not welcome fans back in

‘It was funny looking at that map, wasn’t it? Shock! I think us in the north were fully expecting us to be in the old tier three as they kindly put us in.’ 

Wilder previously accused Klopp of ‘selfishness’ over fixture congestion and his complaints about the lack of five substitutions in the Premier League. 

‘Cards on the table, he’s (Klopp’s) going to look after his own club,’ he said. 

‘I’ve got incredible respect for these top managers because they produce top results and win things. 

‘But they’re selfish, they look after their own clubs. They’re not going to be bothered about Sheffield United, they’re not going to be bothered about England.

‘They’re going to be bothered about Liverpool, Man City and Chelsea, which I understand and respect. I would be the same, but I’m bothered about Sheffield United and it doesn’t help us to have five subs.’ 

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