Chris Wilder responds to Jurgen Klopp’s ‘3 subs and 1 point’ comment

Chris Wilder responds to Jurgen Klopp’s ‘3 subs and 1 point’ comment

Wilder responds

Jurgen Klopp has this season been very open and honest regarding his feelings on both the Premier League’s ruling on the number of substitutes permitted, and the broadcasting influence on the timing and scheduling of match fixtures.

In fact, Klopp and BT Sport journalist Des Kelly were involved in an intriguing debate after Liverpool’s 1-1 draw with Brighton on Saturday:

Prior to this exchange, Chris Wilder of course recently spoke out regarding Klopp’s views, suggesting that the Liverpool boss is ‘selfish’. This prompted the German to retort post-Brighton, sniping that Sheffield United had just ‘3 subs and one point.’

Wilder was questioned on the German’s jibe ahead of his side’s meeting with West Brom, and responded with a calm and measured opinion:

“I’m not going to talk about it right at this particular moment. I can imagine you can understand my view on that so maybe that’s for another time,” said Wilder.

“Today is talking about today’s result and as Jurgen said – a good observation – we’re still on that one point, as he pointed out. Everybody has that right to do that (defend their own club’s view). There is 20 votes in this league and everybody looks after himself right the way through.”

“Nobody is looking after Sheffield United the right way now, so we have to look after ourselves. I am not really going into the nuts and bolts of what was said. I have got a huge amount of respect for Liverpool Football Club, as I always have done. I also have a huge amount of respect for Jurgen.”

“Whether it is looking after the football club, whether it is selfish or another word. By the way, there are a few more managers in there as well that have looked after their own club. I will always look after Sheffield United.”

Sheffield United are currently bottom of the Premier League table. Liverpool, on the other hand, sit top at present, but could be overtaken by either Spurs or Chelsea ahead of the meeting between the sides later today.

Worrying times

Sheffield United’s defeat to West Brom on Saturday has put Chris Wilder under arguably more pressure than any other manager in the Premier League. Sitting at the foot of the table with teams above boasting a game in hand, the situation for the Blades could yet become worse.

After yesterday’s match, Wilder, however, was bullish, revealing his opinion that his side did enough to earn at least a point:

“We did enough to win the game. Watching through my eyes the majority of the play was to the right in the second half and it’s a game we should have won with the amount of chances we have had,” said the Blades boss.

“There’s a lot of boys in there disappointed about the outcome of the game, because I think we’ve done enough to get something from it.”

“Should have been up early in the game and changed the shape a couple of times in the second half – these are not just half chances and it’s quite incredible we have not scored one. That hurts.”

Wilder decided not to start Rhian Brewster versus the Baggies, with the club’s record signing yet to net since his arrival. It was interesting that, in their most pivotal game of the season so far, the Blades’ most valuable asset did not start, with his absence potentially set to cost the club come the end of the season.

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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