Chris Wilder insists he will continue to defend Sheffield United’s interests after he was branded ‘selfish’ by Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp.
Klopp reignited the debate over the reintroduction of five substitutes in a heated rant following Liverpool’s 1-1 draw with Brighton on Saturday.
The German warned that players will continue to pick up injuries if the Premier League does not up the limit from three substitutes per game.
In his post-match interview, an irate Klopp called Wilder ‘selfish’ as the Sheffield United boss has said that he is against five substitutes per match .
‘Chris Wilder says constantly that I’m selfish. I think the things he’s said shows that he’s selfish,’ said Klopp. ‘I was in a similar position at Mainz, all about staying in the league.’
But following Sheffield United’s 1-0 defeat to West Brom on Saturday evening, Wilder responded to Klopp’s comments.
‘Yeah, I’m not interested in that today, not right at this particular moment,’ Wilder told Sky Sports.
‘I can imagine you can understand my view on that, so maybe that’s for another time, today is talking about today’s result.
‘Obviously, as Jurgen [said], a good observation, we’re still on one point, as he pointed out. It’s not the time to talk about that from my point or view.
‘I think everyone has that right to do that [defend their club’s interests].
‘As I said, there’s 20 votes in this league, and everybody looks after themselves right the way through. Nobody’s looking after Sheffield United right the way [through] now, so we have to look after ourselves.
‘As I’ve always have done, I’ve got huge amounts of respect for Liverpool as a football club as I’ve always said and consistently said, and a huge amount of respect for Jurgen.
‘Whether looking after the football club is ‘selfish’, whether it’s another word. By the way, there are a few more managers in there as well who have looked after their own club, and I’ll always look after Sheffield United.’