MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - Thursday, January 3, 2019: Liverpool's manager J¸rgen Klopp embraces Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne after the FA Premier League match between Manchester City FC and Liverpool FC at the Etihad Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

“It says a bit more about the other person” – Jurgen Klopp on rivals hoping Liverpool fail

Jurgen Klopp has again reiterated that “you have to do your own thing,” rather than focus on the competition, after Kyle Walker’s title jibe at Liverpool.

Walker took to social media following the Reds’ 1-1 draw with Leicester, employing the popular Harry Maguire meme with the caption: “‘So basically they thought they were gonna go seven points ahead…’.”

The post was swiftly deleted, with Man City manager Pep Guardiola insisting in his pre-match press conference on Friday that he “cannot control it,” but he was “not concerned.”

With Liverpool’s stalemate in fact pushing them another point ahead of City to five it was a strange, but human, statement from Walker, and one which jarred with the approach Klopp’s squad have taken in the title race.

Their outlook is to purely focus on themselves, and asked his reaction to Walker’s taunt—which he heard of for the first time at Melwood on Friday—the manager stressed this again.

“I cannot help them,” he said when asked about rivals hoping the Reds would lose.

“I’m not sure what that says about us, I would say it says a bit more about the other person.

“I don’t know exactly what you mean [in terms of Walker]. I never celebrated that another team dropped points or lost the game, for me that’s not allowed.

“I never asked anybody to clear one side of the pitch and leave the other one in the mud, that’s how I understand sports.

“You have to do your own thing, try to show your best performance.

“I don’t understand it. For supporters, it’s a little bit different; for people involved, I don’t understand.

“But it’s nothing to criticise from my point of view. Because I don’t understand it, how can I criticise it?”

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