Jurgen Klopp denies claims he could quit Liverpool due to British weather and claims Man City are the best

Jurgen Klopp denies claims he could quit Liverpool due to British weather and claims Man City are the best
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Jurgen Klopp insists comments by his agent suggesting he was considering Liverpool future because of the British weather were simply “a joke”.

Marc Kosicke had hinted that the Reds boss, who is under contract at Anfield until 2022, could decide against signing a new deal in part due to the inclement climate in the north west.

Klopp dismissed the claims made by his agent ahead of Napoli test

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Klopp dismissed the claims made by his agent ahead of Napoli test

But Klopp said: “He wanted to make a joke. It was obviously German humour as nobody got it! It’s not a reason for me to leave the country.”

In his press conference ahead of Liverpool’s match against Napoli at the Stadio San Paolo on Tuesday night – a game you can listen to LIVE on talkSPORT – Klopp also revealed Andy Robertson is an injury doubt for their Champions League opener, answered questions on the threat Napoli possess and dismissed claims Liverpool are the best team in the world, insisting that title belongs to Manchester City.

A final decision on whether to play Robertson will be made on Tuesday

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A final decision on whether to play Robertson will be made on Tuesday

Here’s everything he had to say about all of that, plus more…

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On Andy Robertson’s injury

Klopp: “Robbo [Robertson] didn’t train today and we have to see. It is not a major thing, it was more precautionary today, but it is not 100 per cent sure [he will be available].

“We will have to test it tomorrow [Tuesday] and then we will see.”

Do you feel the burden of being champions?

“We don’t feel the burden of being champions. It was long ago (that we won it).

“Will teams play differently against us? I have no clue. I’ve never won the CL before. I hope we are prepared for that.”

Are Liverpool the best team in Europe?

“We can’t be the best team in Europe as Man City are the best team in the world. That’s the same planet, I think.”

Liverpool won the Champions League last season

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Liverpool won the Champions League last season

How much have Napoli improved over the last year?

“Napoli had another really good season, they have started the new one well. Have some really good new players but are mainly the same.

“We are similar, we didn’t sign a lot. Napoli are stubborn in a very positive way. They are creative. I enjoy analysing them.”

Would you take a draw against Napoli?

“If we have a lucky draw then I will take it, but we want to win.

“Let’s play the game first and then I can decide on which result I wanted!”

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On Napoli striker Lorenzo Insigne

“Insigne, he is always smiling in my face before the game. After the game he has more reason. Wonderful player.

“We are still working on defending him. Maybe one day it will happen.”

On whether the English weather could decide if he signs a new Anfield contract

“He [Klopp’s agent Marc Kosicke] wanted to make a joke. It was obviously German humour as nobody got it!

“It’s not a reason for me to leave the country.

“Maybe at the moment it’s the most healthy weather in the world – we have enough rain, it’s cool, pretty much the opposite of this room!

“There’s nothing in that story. He’s my agent and my friend.”