Sheffield United’s Wilder on his relationship with Jurgen Klopp

Sat 27 February 2021 | 12:07

The Blades boss claims that his relationship with the German manager is “absolutely fine” after he criticized Klopp for advocating the five substitutions option.

Sheffield United

head-coach, Chris Wilder, insisted that his relationship with


’s Jurgen Klopp is

“absolutely fine”

after he accused the German boss of being selfish for supporting the five substitutes rule and later calling him a

"world-class politician"


Wilder, who was faced with Klopp’s rage back in November, talked about their relationship ahead of their Sunday clash, saying:

"The relationship is absolutely fine.”

"I've got nothing but admiration for Jurgen, he's a top-class manager. That's what happens, people talk and things get said. If I was precious about things being said I wouldn't be doing this job.”

"If I took notice of people in the media and what the majority have said through my time as a manager I don't think I would be sat here and I think that's the same for the manager at Liverpool.”

"He's an incredibly talented manager, he's a winner and we all try to win. He has done that in incredible fashion. Heat of the moment, or whatever.”

"I didn't take it personal, and I have moved on and for me to worry about stuff like that is way down the pecking order."

Sheffield currently sit at the bottom of the

Premier League

table with 14 points adrift from the safety zone.

Asked about their position after finishing 9th last season, Wilder said:

"These players have swum the channel to get in the position they are."

"I'm not going to smash them over the head. I support them. Sometimes, what they have done in such a short period of time, is overlooked a bit. We want more.”

"Am I being a counsellor as much as a manager? Yes, it seems that way, because we are trying to keep spirits high and positive.”

"It's one of the hardest periods I've been through in my managerial career, because of my connection to this club. We just want to get through it."

source: SportMob