Jurgen Klopp has slammed former Aston Villa striker Gabby Agbonlahor for his criticism of Manchester United after their 4-0 defeat against Brentford. The Red Devils are at the bottom of the Premier League table after two defeats from two games but Liverpool's manager has defended Erik ten Hag's side.
Former Aston Villa striker Agbonlahor defined United as "amateur" during the game and called out players like Christian Eriksen, David de Gea and Lisandro Martinez as "not good enough" and Klopp revealed he felt his views were extremely harsh.
Klopp, while speaking at a press conference, said, “It was obviously not a nice week for United after the Brentford game. We forget in these moments how good Brentford are. It [the reaction to it] was that bad, I drove home after watching the first half here [at the training ground] and I listened to talkSPORT and Gabby.”
“He lost against us 6-0 in my first year, so I couldn't remember him as a mentality monster on the pitch then - but what he said about Man Utd in that show, I was close to calling in and telling him: 'You forgot completely that you were a player'. And if ex-players go already like this, you can imagine how everything else is going. You have to ask yourself how you want to react in a situation like this.”
What did Gabby Agbonlahor say?
As Klopp said, Gabby Agbonlahor was extremely hard on Manchester United as asked Ten Hag to ‘just pack up,’ as they were looking like ‘strangers’. He said, "If I was them [United] now after this game I'd be thinking, 'You know what, Ten Hag, just pack up," the former Aston Villa forward said. "He's had pre-season and they have started the season as a shambles, they're like strangers on the pitch.
"They're just not good enough, [David] De Gea must know that [Christian] Eriksen has got a man behind him, use your brain and you don't give it to him, Man City wouldn't even give it to Rodri in that position. They're not United, they're divided, none of them are working for each other. Look at them, they're like strangers on the pitch."