The German coach responded to the recent claims of the former referee of the Premier League.
boss Jurgen Klopp denied allegations by former Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg accusing the German of mind games and hypocrisy before his side's crucial clash with Manchester United.
After the 1-0 defeat to Southampton, Klopp claimed that Manchester United receives too many penalties from referees. Clattenburg recently claimed in an interview with the Daily Mail that Klopp tries to influence referees and their decisions before big matches. Now the German coach responded to the former referee and claimed that he had no intention of doing such things.
Klopp told reporters:
“Am I surprised that somebody is speaking about what I said after the Southampton game? No. Am I surprised that Mark Clattenburg speaks about it? No.
“I’m not sure why or if he got asked about it, but it’s nice that we can talk about him long after his career [has finished].
“I’m not Sir Alex, I don’t try mind games. I was asked directly after the Southampton game and I didn’t think for one second about the United game. I saw the stats about penalties before the Southampton game, that was it.
“When people like Mark Clattenburg speak now, it always says much more about them than it ever could about me. Maybe if he was ever in my situation then he would play mind games, but unfortunately I have no skills for playing mind games!”