Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has given Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag a piece of advice as the Dutch tactician encounters a problematic start to life at Old Trafford.Ten Hag has overseen two disappointing losses at the very beginning of his tenure in charge of the Red Devils.
Manchester United were beaten 2-1 by Brighton & Hove Albion on August 7 before being thrashed 4-0 by Brentford on August 13.The former Ajax head coach has already been called out by the media, with many criticizing his tactics against the Bees in the 4-0 defeat.Alongside this, there have been off-the-field problems at Old Trafford with question marks over the ownership of the club, Cristiano Ronaldo’s future and recruitment.
Klopp knows all about the pressure that builds on a Premier League manager and was asked about Ten Hag’s situation.He admitted that he couldn’t offer the Dutchman any words of comfort whilst looking at his own situation at Anfield, (via Mirror):
“No, I’ve not. It’s football problems – and we all have problems. I’m not sure that if you went to Manchester United you could ask Ten Hag if he thinks we have a few injuries too many. It’s not like this. The football world is a sea full of sharks.”
“It is not necessary that I feel sympathy. It will not help them or harm them that I don’t. We all have our own problems and that’s it.
The German joined Liverpool in 2015 from Borussia Dortmund but didn’t have the best of starts in the Anfield hotseat.
He touches on this whilst offering one piece of advice to Ten Hag:
“When I arrived here seven years ago, I don’t think we hit the ground running. It wasn’t ‘oh God, you can see it immediately’. What I can say is that I didn’t read anything – and that makes it easier because you know that when you’re not over the moon about your own results, you don’t care what people say.
“You don’t have to read it. You don’t have to be fussed by it. You focus on work and go for the little steps.”