Derby County manager Paul Warne has spoken warmly of his encounter with Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp last night.
Warne took his Derby team to Anfield where they pushed the Reds all the way to penalties. And speaking in his post-game press conference via BeanymanSports2 on YouTube, the manager compared meeting Klopp to Pep Guardiola.
“He [Klopp] said loads, loads. He said about coming in for a drink after, he must have read my thing I said about Pep [Guardiola] not inviting us in. So, he said come in, which was good,” said Warne.
“I said I’ll go in after, I’ll tell you why I thought your team were rubbish, what I try to affect, and you can tell me where you saw my weakness and where we were rubbish. You sort of leave and it’s quite cathartic really, because he does the same job as me but on a much bigger scale.”
Warne also shared what he told his Derby players at half-time, as they battled to a 0-0 draw.
“Like I said to my players at half-time, they’re human the Liverpool players, they’re not superhuman. They bleed like us, have to run like us, have demons like us, mis-control the ball like us, but not as much,” he chuckled.
“So, I had a good chat with him [Klopp]. He’s just massive. All I kept thinking was, if my missus is looking at me this is very demasculating, because he felt like he’s 7 foot and I was in a hole. So, good guy, good footballing guy.”
Warne making plenty of friends at Liverpool
If you’ve got a few minutes, it’s well worth listening to Warne’s full press conference from yesterday.
The Derby boss was effusive in his praise of the reception his team received at Anfield. Praising the stadium itself, the fans and the Liverpool staff, Warne comes off as extremely likeable.
His team also gave a pretty good account of themselves. But you do have to wonder whether he might be kicking himself this morning.
Of course, a 0-0 at Anfield is a good result for a League One side, that kind of goes without saying.
But this wasn’t really Liverpool. This was a Reds team with an average age of less than twenty-two. When you factor in that, at twenty-nine, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain boosts that considerably, it shows just how inexperienced a team Klopp sent out.
Derby had their chances, too. Liverpool shaded the game overall, but there wasn’t a lot in it.
Anyway, it seems that Warne had a good night regardless. It’s always nice to hear Jurgen coming in for praise ahead of his counterpart at Manchester City, too.