Rio Ferdinand moved to back Jurgen Klopp over his Arsene Wenger comments this weekend. The Liverpool boss earned criticism for his words.
Jurgen Klopp hit a major milestone at the weekend with his 1000th game in management. It’s a shame the performance wasn’t one to rave about, though, as Liverpool played out a dour 0-0 against Chelsea at Anfield.
When asked about the achievement after the game, Klopp made an interesting comment. He brought up Arsene Wenger’s 1000th game as Arsenal boss – also played against Chelsea.
“Arsene Wenger lost his 1,000th game 6-0, so I’m pretty happy,” said the German, per the Mirror.
That was Wenger’s 1000th for one club, it should be said, rather than his 1000th in total management. Still, it was a line that rubbed many the wrong way.
Arsenal fans, understandably, took it as a needless dig. Why mention Wenger at all?
Rio Ferdinand discussed it on his YouTube channel but took the opposite stance. He completely understands why Klopp was feeling a little spiky on Saturday.
“Listen, who wouldn’t be a little bit salty in their position?” said Ferdinand. “Where they’ve come from.
“Look, they were going for the quadruple last season, the quad. We all knew that was going to hard to do but it was a midtable battle at the weekend, Chelsea Liverpool. A midtable clash. Who wants to be involved in that if you’re Chelsea or Liverpool? They’re not used to that.”
“I understand it,” he went on to say. “Good losers finish last.”
Jurgen Klopp and Arsene Wenger
It was something blown entirely out of proportion by Arsenal fans. Klopp made a little comment in jest after a frustrating game. We’re not sure it was even meant as a dig – just a joke.
Still, it’s nice to see Ferdinand completely appreciating Klopp’s situation at Liverpool right now. Some are quick to jump on the chance to lay into him, with some ridiculous calls for the German to depart.
In reality, it’s a frustrating period for Klopp and one that won’t leave him in the highest of spirits. A little joke here and there seems completely normal.