Jurgen Klopp does not believe Manchester City counterpart Pep Guardiola’s assertion that the whole of England is supporting Liverpool is correct.
After Sunday’s 5-0 demolition of Newcastle which moved the defending champions three points clear at the top of the table, City boss Guardiola said: “Everyone in this country supports Liverpool, the media and everyone.
“Of course because Liverpool has an incredible history in European competition. Not in the Premier League, because they have won one in 30 years, but it is not a problem at all.”
Klopp rejected that suggestion, saying: “I live in Liverpool so, yes, here a lot of people want us to win the league that’s true – but even here only it’s probably only 50% because the other people (Everton fans) were involved in another fight, at least until yesterday.
“I have no idea if the whole country is supporting us, I don’t know that. It is not the feeling I get when we go to other places and play there, it is actually the opposite, but maybe he knows more about that than me.”
Next up for Liverpool is a clash on Tuesday against an Aston Villa side managed by former club captain and icon Steven Gerrard, who has urged his team to embrace the challenge of facing the Reds.