Gary Neville has responded to comments that Jürgen Klopp made during his press conference about Liverpool prioritising the Premier League over European football.

 For the first time in years, the Reds are primed to launch a real challenge on the Premier League title but Gary Neville has raised fears over whether or not Liverpool can cope with the load of playing both league games as well as European football.

“The Champions League — if I was Liverpool, I would kick it into touch,” Neville told The Times.

“I know that’s very hard to do but if they could go into February, March, April without it, I think they could have a real chance if they had free weeks.”

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Klopp responded to the Sky Sports pundit’s comments with confusion, saying: “How would that work? We don’t play Champions League or what? Gary should come over and tell me exactly how that works.

“How do you prepare for a game when you don’t focus on it? I don’t understand, do we play with kids or what? To focus on one competition can only be if you are out, or nearly out, or of if it’s late in the season.

“Last year I don’t even think Gary would have said ‘let City win the Champions League. Sitting in an office talking about football is different to doing the job.”

Neville defended his comments on Twitter, saying that he wasn’t having a dig at Liverpool but merely raising doubts over whether or not the Reds can maintain energy levels during the season while playing in both the Premier League and the Champions League.

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