Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has branded those who think Kevin De Bruyne’s injury has levelled the playing field as “a**holes”.
As always when a quality player has been injured, social media has been plagued by a minority celebrating De Bruyne’s injury in hopes it will derail Manchester City by weakening them.
De Bruyne out for 3 months. Get in
— Robertson Carlos (@allezlfc) August 17, 2018
But Liverpool boss Klopp finds the idea disgusting and spoke highly of 27-year-old De Bruyne who he tried to sign while in charge of Borussia Dortmund.
“I think somebody who thinks like that, about a situation like that, is an a**hole, to be honest,” Klopp told Sky Sports. “I am not like that. First of all, I wish him the absolute very best
“I love this player, I wanted him desperately when I was at Dortmund and he was at Chelsea, but Jose didn’t give him to me!
The German tactician believes City have the strength in depth to cover for De Bruyne, who was instrumental in City’s double-winning success last season.
“What a season he had, what a World Cup he played. I really feel for him. They have options of course, like they always have options, they brought in Riyad Mahrez, but they can all play in different positions.
“Bernardo Silva can play a bit deeper, Foden can play in positions, Gundogan can play in positions.
“Nobody needs to worry about Man City and their quality, there is still a lot there. We don’t look at the other teams, we really only try to make the best of our situation, and that will hopefully work.”
Liverpool may well be Manchester City’s biggest title contenders this season, but Klopp isn’t celebrating the loss of one of the Premier League’s finest players.
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