Klopp Defends Neymar Over Playacting Accusations
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has played down suggestions that Neymar play acts as his team prepares to face PSG in the Champions League tonight. Klopp says that the player is subject to harsh treatment from players and press alike.
Klopp told his pre-game press conference, “I saw a few games at the World Cup when it looked like he made a bit more of the situation. That’s a completely normal reaction because players are really going for him. That’s the truth.
“He has to protect himself. If the opponent gets a yellow card he is closer to a red card. It is smart.” Klopp says his players will not be told to target Neymar, but instead focus on cutting off his supply.
“We don’t go for him against us. We want to play football. We want to win the ball. We don’t try to act on these type of things. We try to avoid passes to him. It’s a big job. I don’t know if it’s possible to avoid his quality. I’m pretty sure it’s not."