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Rio Ferdinand says that Jurgen Klopp’s post-match spiel about match scheduling resembles the way Sir Alex Ferguson used to “control the narrative” at Manchester United.
Klopp has launched two tirades against separate broadcasters in recent weeks over the clash of matches on his side.
The most recent came BT sport after last weekend’s 1-1 draw with Brighton. Klopp was unhappy that his team played at 12.30pm on Saturday after Wednesday night’s game.
By choosing not to hide his views, Klopp’s interviews have taken center stage. But Fernando has said the German may be using the tactic to distract himself from problems on the field that could affect his team’s Premier League title defense.
In fact, the former United defender spoke with BT sport on how Ferguson did something similar during his reign at Old Trafford.
“Sometimes he [Ferguson] have a team talk after a game and be as calm as you want, “said the expert (via Daily mail).
And then he would go out for an interview and we would see him on the TV screen and he would go crazy over a decision that no one had thought of.
“But that took the attention away from someone else or something else that could derail us. He controlled the narrative and I think that’s what Klopp is doing really well right now.
“Maybe sometimes he’s talking about things outside of that [game] which can take away from the performance or the little creaks that occur within 90 minutes. “
Yet despite his criticism of player welfare, Klopp has tried not to make headlines for his criticism of VAR.
Liverpool they suffered three times against Brighton last weekend, including when Danny Welbeck received a penalty in the last minute.
Klopp provides injury update
However, since last Saturday’s draw, Liverpool have secured first place in Group D of the Champions League.
They did so with a 1-0 loss to Ajax at Anfield on Tuesday and the result means the Reds can rest players for next week’s trip to face Midtjylland.
But in Tuesday night’s game, Alisson Becker, Jordan Henderson and Andy Robertson faced fresh questions about injuries.