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Jurgen Klopp disagrees with Marcelo Bielsa's subterfuge.
Jurgen Klopp disagrees with Marcelo Bielsa's subterfuge.

'Training is not for anyone else' - Klopp condemns Bielsa over 'spygate' row

The Leeds boss said he has spied on every team his side has faced this season, prompting criticism from the Liverpool manager.
Jan 18th 2019, 5:21 PM 5,514 26

JURGEN KLOPP SPOKE out against Marcelo Bielsa after the Leeds United boss confessed to spying on every team the Championship leaders have faced this season.

Bielsa held an extraordinary briefing on Friday where the Argentine coach revealed the extent of his analysis of opponents after being caught sending a staff member to spy on Derby County.

Liverpool use curtains to shield their Melwood training centre from the public and Klopp believes Bielsa, the subject of Football Association and English Football League investigations, is wrong to spy on training in the immediate build-up to matches.

“What do you think is the reason for the curtains?” Klopp asked reporters. “It’s not there for all the sessions in the week because for most of the sessions it’s not a big problem if someone had looked.

But the last two, matchday minus two and minus one, we use the curtains because it’s not for anybody else. You understand a lot of things and train the set pieces then with the players in their formation. Everyone wants this information but normally nobody gets them, then you get the line-up when you come in the stadium.

“This has been clear for me, it’s the same for everybody and really you have no idea who is going to play. You can see a line-up and still not know the system, but you could see that if you were there for matchday minus two. 

“I can understand he wants to have all the information, we all want it, but we have to accept we don’t get it. That’s my opinion actually, you don’t want someone around in these special sessions. Whatever you have prepared over the years has nothing to do with these last two sessions.

“It [Bielsa's briefing] was impressive and there’s no doubt he is an outstanding coach and an outstanding role model with inventive styles, he’s pretty busy on top but we are all busy. When I came in I didn’t see 51 games of Derby, maybe I didn’t have time but that’s the truth.

“He’s very well prepared and I respect him a lot but it’s not like it should be. These two sessions and the last one before the game, only a couple of people should see them. I think we all agree on that.”

Klopp’s close friend David Wagner left Huddersfield Town this week and the Liverpool boss hailed his compatriot’s achievements at the Terriers, who the German led to Premier League promotion and survival ahead of this season’s struggles.

“He’s OK, not my job to tell exactly but he’s OK,” Klopp added. “I told him, I can tell you, he should be really proud of what he achieved, it was one of the most special stories in football in recent years.

“As a manager what he did was unbelievable to keep them so confident in a run with bad results, unlucky moments. It was so difficult there but we won it without performing and I felt bad.

“It’s a part of life but in a few years people will think of Huddersfield thinking positively of him in this moment. Huddersfield thought they have a chance with a change to make something happen and hopefully it will work out, that’s what he wants as well.”

Elsewhere, Klopp said Trent Alexander-Arnold is in contention to face Crystal Palace at Anfield tomorrow, in spite of the prognosis of his knee injury forecasting a month-long absence. Georginio Wijnaldum is also in the mix for an appearance at the weekend. 

Gini and Trent we will really decide day by day – that’s how it is. Not cool of course, but the exceptional part of the story is they both played 90 minutes. The whole world saw what happened to Trent but the boy – unbelievable really. He played that game and after we got the information that he had pain and yeah. No [not worse], nothing happened during the game. He’s all stable, all good.

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