Jurgen Klopp has called out former Aston Villa striker Gabby Agbonlahor for his criticism of Manchester United in their 4-0 loss to Brentford.
United – who face Klopp’s Liverpool on Monday Night Football – are bottom of the Premier League table after two out of two defeats, but the Reds manager defended Erik ten Hag’s side at the start of the season.
Former Aston Villa striker Agbonlahor described United as ‘amateurish’ during the game and described players like Christian Eriksen, David de Gea and Lisandro Martinez as ‘not good enough’ – and Klopp admitted he thought that his opinions were so bad that the Liverpool manager almost phoned himself.
“It was obviously not a great week for United after the Brentford game. We forget in those moments how good Brentford are. [the reaction to it] was so bad i went 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 at the time – but what he said about Man Utd on that show, I was about to call him and say, ‘You completely forgot you were a player’.
“And if the former players are already going like that, 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 was quick to criticize United in their 4-0 loss at Brentford – which saw them fall four goals in 35 minutes.
“If I were them [United] now after this game I would be thinking, “You know what, Ten Hag, pack your bags,” said the former Aston Villa striker. like strangers on the ground.
“They just aren’t good enough, [David] De Gea must know that [Christian] Eriksen has a man behind him, use your brains 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 halftime [commentating for Sky Sports] I threw the white towel in and said, ‘Okay, it’s 4-0, I can’t take it anymore.
“They’re not United, they’re divided, none of them work for each other. Look at them, they’re 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 rivals in pre-season.
United lost 4-0 to Liverpool in Bangkok and Klopp was eager to remind the public of the quality of Ten Hag in his team.
“When you play against United it’s never easy,” Klopp said. “We will have to do our best.
“It’s your words [that United had a bad start to the season]. I would rather play against United after winning 5-0. We drew two games so is it as bad, is it worse? I do not know.
“They like to play at the back, you can see and feel the idea from the high press.
“We weren’t ready for our pre-season game. The quality they have up front is ridiculous, the quality in midfield – no matter who lines up – whether it’s Eriksen, Fernandes, Van de Beek, Fred I think Donny is a very good player And then there’s also McTominay.
“You have to rebuild and change a lot of things and it’s not easy.”