Jurgen Klopp has called out former Aston Villa striker Gabby Agbonlahor for his criticism of Manchester United during their 4-0 defeat by Brentford.
United – who play Klopp’s Liverpool on Monday Night Football – are bottom of the Premier League table after two defeats from two, but the Reds manager has defended Erik ten Hag’s side so early in the season.
Former Aston Villa striker Agbonlahor described United as “amateur” during the game and described players such as Christian Eriksen, David de Gea and Lisandro Martinez as “not good enough” – and Klopp admitted he felt his views were so poor that the Liverpool manager almost called itself.
“Obviously it wasn’t a good week for United after the Brentford game. We forget at the moment how good Brentford are. It [the reaction to it] was so bad, I drove home after watching the first half here [at the training ground] and I listened to talkSPORT and Gabby [Agbonlahor].
“He lost to us 6-0 in my first year so I couldn’t remember him as a mentality monster on the pitch then – but what he said about Man Utd on that show, I was close to ringing him in and telling him: ‘You totally forgot you were a player”.
“And if former players are already going like this, you can imagine how everything else goes. You have to ask yourself how you want to react in a situation like this.”
What Agbonlahor said about United
Agbonlahor did not hold back in criticizing United during their 4-0 defeat at Brentford – which saw them go down by four goals in 35 minutes.
“If I were them [United] now after this game I’d be thinking, ‘You know what, Ten Hag, just pack up,'” said the former Aston Villa striker. as strangers on the pitch.
“They’re just not good enough, [David] De Gea must know that [Christian] Eriksen has a man behind him, use your brain and you don’t give it to him, Man City wouldn’t even give it to Rodri in that position.
“If I was Gary Neville now at half-time [commentating for Sky Sports] I would throw in the white towel and say: ‘Okay, it’s 4-0, I can’t take it anymore’.
“They are not United, they are divided, none of them work for each other. Look at them, they are like strangers on the pitch.”
Klopp: United have so much quality
In his pre-match press conference ahead of Monday’s trip to Old Trafford, Klopp defended Ten Hag’s side despite United’s poor start to the campaign – reminding everyone that the Reds lost to their arch-rivals in pre-season.
United won 4-0 over Liverpool in Bangkok and Klopp was keen to remind the crowd of the quality Ten Hag has in his team.
“When you play United away from home, it’s never easy,” Klopp said. “We have to do our best.
“Those are your words [that United had a bad start to the season]. I prefer to play against United after they won 5-0. We drew two games, so it’s as bad, is it worse? I do not know.
“They like to play at the back, you can see and feel the high pressing idea.
“We weren’t ready for our game in pre-season. The quality they have up front is ridiculous, the quality in the midfield – no matter who comes in – whether it’s Eriksen, Fernandes, Van de Beek, Fred. Donny I think is a very good player.And then there’s McTominay too.
“You have to rebuild and change a lot of things, and it’s not easy.”