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Klopp reveals why he doesn't watch Liverpool's opponents in action

Klopp keen to avoid the selfie craze
Klopp keen to avoid the selfie craze

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has revealed why he doesn’t attend matches in person to scout on his team’s next opponents - and the logic behind his decision might surprise you.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola was present at Liverpool’s game against Stoke on Tuesday night, as he got an up close and personal view of his side’s next opponents ahead of their crucial trip to Anfield on Saturday.

Guardiola’s appearance at the game sparked a debate over why many top managers opt to stay away from games and do most of their preparation work from watching opponents on TV.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho and Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger rarely attend games at rival stadiums and Klopp gave a view on why they might avoid the spotlight at his latest press conference.

“I like watching football, but the problem is when I go there nobody can avoid asking for a selfie,” he said with a smile.

“I can see it better from home. When I was younger and nobody knew me then I watched each weekend at football stadiums.

“I watched Man City a lot, but just not in the stadium. We have much better camera angles for analysis. It’s not like watching it on the couch.”

Premier League clubs invest heavily in video and data analysis every year, with Klopp, Mourinho and Wenger clearly relying on that kind of information rather than seeing upcoming opponents live in action.

Meanwhile, Klopp has dismissed claims he is interested in signing Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in January.

Reports suggested the England international was a potential target for the Reds boss when the transfer window opens next month, but Klopp played down the speculation.

"I don't usually say anything about transfer rumours but I can make an exception. Nonsense," he added.

"This kind of thing I think a lot about, but I say nothing because it is really not interesting what I think about this.

"You (the media) are already on a path so do with it what you want, but from our side nothing else to say about it."