Liverpool news: Jurgen Klopp rubs salt in Man Utd wounds with passing trophies comment | Football | Sport

Jurgen Klopp has insisted that he has never been obsessed with winning more trophies than Manchester United during his time in charge of Liverpool. The 56-year-old is chasing an unprecedented quadruple in his final season at Anfield before he steps down after nine successful years in charge of the Reds.

Liverpool will head to Old Trafford in the FA Cup quarter-finals on Sunday, with United looking to end their hopes of winning their second domestic trophy of the campaign. If the Reds end up lifting the cup, it will ensure they finish the season as England’s most decorated club in terms of major titles won.

The Merseyside giants have lifted 71 trophies in total, with United trailing their greatest rivals by three in the all-time standings. Sir Alex Ferguson famously revelled in knocking Liverpool off their ‘perch’ during his time at United but Klopp revealed on Friday that it has never been a mutual feeling from his point of view.

“I know the famous phrase about the perch, but I had other stuff to do when I arrived here rather than think about Manchester United, to be honest,” said Klopp.

“In my first year, Leicester won the league. In my second year, Chelsea won the league. Then Man City started winning the league, but there was nothing with Manchester United. That is not me. I don’t think about anybody else. If we face them, then yes. If we don’t face them, they can do what they want and I have nothing to do with that influence.

“I was made aware that Liverpool have now won the most trophies because I was told about it, but then I forgot it! It’s important, absolutely, but as long as we can still win something I don’t count trophies.”

Liverpool have been considerably more successful than United during Klopp’s time in charge, winning eight trophies since he was appointed to replace Brendan Rodgers in 2015. United have only won four cups in that timeframe, with the Red Devils no longer the dominant force they once were under Ferguson.

“When I first came in here, we played Tottenham that weekend and that was enough to think about,” added Klopp. “I’m not that smart that I can think about many different things. I think we lost our first game against United. Was it a goal by Wayne Rooney? I thought we were better but they won the game. I do remember that.

“But, for me, I can’t start the development [of a club] by thinking who is up there who I want to reach. I can only do it step by step and they were probably far away. It didn’t ever hinder me because it wasn’t even in my mind. He [Ferguson] came from Scotland, I came from Germany, so it was a different place and different times.”

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