Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists it is “mad” to suggest accepting a Champions League exit to help their domestic title push would be a preferred option.
Since the start of the season there have been pundits who have said the Reds’ Premier League hopes would be best served by exiting Europe as soon as possible.
And, while Klopp admits defeat against Bayern Munich in the Allianz Arena in the second leg of their goalless last-16 tie would not be the biggest surprise in the competition’s history, his side will not go into the game thinking of the benefits such a result could bring.
“They (pundits) talk constantly. It doesn’t mean they make more sense because of that. That’s the problem,” said the Reds boss.
“I really don’t think that any other coach or manager in the world has to answer this question when he plays in the Champions League.
“It’s really unique. It only happens if you are the Liverpool manager and the pundits come from Manchester United and start these things.
“It is so easy to sit in an office or a studio and talk about things like that.
“We don’t draw up a season and say the best way to go through it is to go out of all the cup competitions early.
“You do that and in that moment the same people go for you like mad.
“Now it is closer to the end of the season and it is allowed to go out of the Champions League without even trying to go through? That’s really mad.
“I am not angry about it. It’s just so mad that I constantly get confronted by it.”