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Jurgen Klopp has taken aim at Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville, leaving the Manchester United legend confused and hitting back: “We’re on the same team.”

Klopp explained previously that he and the players were caught blindsided by their involvement as one of the founding members in the proposed Super League.

Still trying to process the information, Klopp fronted the media post-game and slammed Neville, claiming he wished the pundit was in “a hot seat somewhere.”

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Neville had criticised Liverpool before their clash with Leeds, calling out the club’s anthem ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ as hypocritical in current circumstances.

He did though back Klopp after he “destroyed his owners on national television” with what Neville called a “very calm” reflection on the situation.

Neville has also widely condemned his own former club – Manchester United – claiming he was “disgusted” by the move.

Klopp though, seemingly taken aback by Neville’s comments on the Liverpool anthem, called out the Sky Sports pundit post-game.

“Gary Neville speaks about You’ll Never Walk Alone, that should already be forbidden, because we have the right to sing it, it’s our anthem, it’s not his anthem and he doesn’t understand it anyway,” he told Sky Sports.

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“It’s not fair. I understand all the talk’s around and I don’t like it as well. But I don’t talk about other clubs now like this.

“It can be emotional but I wish Gary Neville would be in a hot seat somewhere and not everywhere where the most money is.

“He was at Man United where the most money is and to Sky where the most money is and all these kind of things. Don’t forget we had nothing to do with it.”

Neville though did not back down when the cameras went back to the Sky Sports studio, clarifying that he was supportive of Klopp.

“I have no idea what he’s going on about,” he said.

“I have no idea why I’m living in his head to be honest. He is spiky, his owners have thrown him under the bus. He can say what he wants to say, and I can. He has been let down.

“I’ve handed enough insults out to Liverpool over the years. Yesterday was nothing about insulting Liverpool Football Club.

“Yesterday was an impassioned plea from me about football and protecting football in this country and my biggest disappointment was with Manchester United and Liverpool.

“I think I’ve equally distributed enough criticism to both clubs in the last 24 hours, so I don’t know what his problem is.”

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Neville also responded to Klopp’s claim that he should be put in the hot seat along with the comment he has followed where the money is.

“He talks about hot seat, I had a 25 year career at Manchester United, 11 years at Sky and I worked hard for that,” he added.

“I’ve not been handed it, I’ve not gone where the most money is, I didn’t have choices.

“Sir Alex Ferguson didn’t say every year, ‘Gary do you want to stay here?’ So I have no idea what he’s going on about.

“I employ 600 people in the city, I tried to look after them through a pandemic, is that not a hot enough seat for him?

“He’s done a great job at Liverpool, I’ve got no problem with Jurgen Klopp, I loved his team.

“He’s been let down by his owners and so have those players at Liverpool.”

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Arsenal takeover by Spotify owner Daniel Ek rejected by Stan Kroenke, KSE

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Spotify co-founder Daniel Ek said Saturday a formal offer to buy Arsenal had been rejected by the Premier League club’s American owners.

In a statement on Twitter, the Swedish tycoon said the club’s owners, Kroenke Sports and Entertainment (KSE), had rebuffed his bid.

“This week an offer was made to (KSE co-owner) Josh Kroenke and their bankers that included fan ownership, representation at the board and a golden share for the supporters,” Ek said.

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“They replied that they don’t need the money. I remain interested should that situation ever change.”

His offer was said to be in the region of £1.8bn (A$3.26bn).

Lifelong Arsenal fan Ek first expressed an interest in mounting a bid for the club last month in the wake of the aborted European Super League plan.

Arsenal were one of six Premier League teams that signed up for the breakaway league, which collapsed barely 48 hours later after a massive backlash across the football world.

Arsenal fans staged an angry protest outside the Emirates Stadium demanding a change of ownership of the club.

US billionaire Stan Kroenke, through KSE, has been the Gunners’ majority shareholder for a decade and took full control of the club by buying out Russian oligarch Alisher Usmanov’s stake in 2018.

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Arsenal’s performances on the pitch have declined markedly during the Kroenke reign.

The London club have not won a Premier League title since 2003/04 and this season the team missed out on a top-four finish in the English top flight for a fifth consecutive season.

KSE said in a statement last month the group was uninterested in a sale of the team after Ek went public with his planned bid.

“We remain 100 per cent committed to Arsenal and are not selling any stake in the club,” KSE said. “We have not received any offer and we will not entertain any offer.”

Ek however had insisted that he was “very” serious about making a bid for the team, with Arsenal legends such as Thierry Henry, Patrick Vieira and Dennis Bergkamp all reportedly part of an advisory group for the takeover.

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“I have secured the funds for it, and I want to bring what I think is a very compelling offer to the owners and I hope they hear me out,” Ek said.

“I’ve been an Arsenal fan since I was eight years old. Arsenal is my team. I love the history. I love the players. And of course, I love the fans.

“So as I look at that, I just see a tremendous opportunity to set a real vision for the club to bring it back to its glory. And I want to establish trust with fans and I want to engage the fans again.”

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Ashley Cole fears Tuchel making same Chelsea mistakes as Lampard after FA Cup final loss

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Chelsea were beaten 1-0 by Leicester City in the FA Cup final.

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Arsenal icon Ian Wright sends thinly-veiled Stan Kroenke dig as Leicester win FA Cup final

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Leicester City clinched their first FA Cup with a famous win over Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

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