Jurgen Klopp fires back at Mark Clattenburg over Man Utd ‘mind games’ dig

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Jurgen Klopp has hit back at former referee Mark Clattenburg by claiming he doesn't even know how to pull off mind games.

The ex-ref this week criticised the Liverpool boss for moaning about the number of penalties Manchester United get.

After Liverpool's recent defeat to Southampton, Klopp pointed to a stat that said United have had more penalties in two years than Liverpool have during his whole reign as boss.

Clattenburg labelled the Kop boss a 'hypocrite' and also said he believed the comment was to get in the head of the referee for this weekend's Anfield showdown between Liverpool and United.

Former Old Trafford boss Sir Alex Ferguson was the master of the mind games but Klopp insists he doesn't have those skills.

He said: “Am I surprised that somebody is talking about what I said after the Southampton game? No.

“Am I surprised that Mark Clattenburg speaks about it? No.

“I'm not sure what he got asked. I'm sure he got asked a lot of things.

“Meanwhile, long after his career so that's nice for him that we can talk about him as well. I'm not Sir Alex and for different reasons.

“When he said I tried something with mind games it was directly after the Southampton game, between this game there was another game and I didn't think for a second about the United game in that moment.

“But before this game against Southampton I saw the stats about the penalties and that is what I mentioned.

“When people like Mark Clattenburg are speaking like they speak, it always says much more about them than it could ever say about me.

“If he would be in my situation, he would obviously play mind games.

“I am unfortunately not, I've not got skills for playing mind games. That's my problem.”

Klopp has not decided yet if Joel Matip will be fit enough to return to the Reds starting XI for the clash on Sunday.

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