Chris Wilder riled Jurgen Klopp by describing the Liverpool boss as ‘selfish’ but the Sheffield United manager ‘understands and respects’ his stance on substitutes.
Klopp reacted furiously on Saturday after his side were held at Brighton following the award of an added-time penalty.
The Reds coach was in spiky form with BT Sport interviewer Des Kelly, who challenged Klopp’s criticism of broadcasters over scheduling.
Wilder was also mentioned as Klopp seethed at the AmEx.
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The Blades boss this week described his Liverpool counterpart as a ‘world-class politician’ when discussing the return of fans to some stadiums, while those clubs in areas under Tier 3 restrictions remain behind closed doors.
“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.
“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 has also labelled Klopp “selfish” over his complaints about the lack of five substitutions in the Premier League. But the United manager understands Klopp’s stance.
“Cards on the table, he (Klopp) is 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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