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Gary Neville compares Jurgen Klopp "whinging" to Sir Alex Ferguson

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Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville claims that Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp's scheduling complaints are simply an attempt to gain a psychological advantage.

Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville has claimed that Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp's complaints are simply an attempt to gain a psychological advantage - just like Sir Alex Ferguson used to do.

Klopp has been very vocal in voicing his displeasure about the lack of rest his players get between matches and has hit out at those in charge of scheduling fixtures.

However, Neville thinks that the German is actually employing psychological tactics as Liverpool seek to defend their maiden Premier League title.

"I don't think Jurgen Klopp's got a point around fatigue, around the length of time of pre-season or about the Saturday kickoffs," Neille said on Sky Sports News.

"My view is that when you become a winning manager, and this is where Sir Alex got to and why they called him a whinging so and so for many years, the best managers just want to win.

"The biggest risk to Klopp winning the league again this season is another big injury or two. So, he wants to try and gain that advantage to put some psychological thing into people's minds. Sir Alex Ferguson did it for 15 or 16 years.

"Klopp has been the best manager in interviews for the last few years, he's been the best manager on the pitch, he's connected with the fans better than anybody else, his style of football is fantastic, but on Saturday he got done in an interview, and that's very rare.

"He didn't get his story right, he hasn't got his evidence to back him up either in games played or in the Saturday kick-off slots. He just lost this particular one having been brilliant in all his other interviews that he's done. He's trying to gain an advantage to get results, that's it."

Klopp has a lengthy injury list to contend with as he juggles a busy schedule, with eight players on the treatment table - including Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and new signing Thiago Alcantara.

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