Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has not held back his opinions on Gareth Southgate’s decisions in recent times, digging out the England boss for playing right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold in midfield and for leaving Joe Gomez out of his latest squad.
Southgate has held his tongue over the comments and is flabbergasted over why Klopp keeps taking “a swing” at him.
“I don’t quite know why he (Klopp) keeps having a swing,” Southgate said.
“You’d have to ask him. I think we’ve always got on reasonably well.
“I’ve noticed quite a few articles and quite a few comments, which is always interesting to see.
“Managers come and go pretty quickly to be honest. It’s important to have a good relationship somewhere inside the clubs, but maybe the managers aren’t the priority because it’s very transient.
“I don’t think that will be the case with the Liverpool manager by the way.
“I’ve got no problem with Jurgen at all. You’d have to ask him why he’s made the comments he has.”
Centre-back Gomez has yet to start for Liverpool in the Premier League this season as he struggles to break into the XI ahead of Joel Matip, Virgil van Dijk and Ibrahima Konate.
The 24-year-old will remain at home as England take on Albania and San Marino in their final World Cup qualifiers next week.
Meanwhile, Arsenal’s in-form goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale could be in line to make his first appearance after impressing the national team boss.
“When players travel and don’t always play, over the years with goalkeepers that has caused quite a few to retire from international football,” Southgate explained.
“We’ve tried to manage that with Nick Pope and Sam Johnstone and a few others. We’ve tried to give them a taste.
“So at some point, we’ll be doing that with Aaron.
“Yes, there’s a contest on – and that’s good for everyone. We’ve got competition in every position and there’s no reason why that shouldn’t be the case in goal.
“When we picked Aaron in the summer, we got stick for picking a keeper who had been relegated. It’s funny how things change, isn’t it?
“But one of the reasons we brought him in in the summer was that we knew his personality from the Under-20s and Under-21s.
“We felt he fitted in with the group really well. He understood that his role was to sacrifice for the group.”