Sheffield Utd boss Wilder denies problems with 'world class' Klopp

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Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder has rubbished claims of a rift with Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp.

Wilder said the Liverpool boss was being selfish when he advocated a return of the five substitutes rule, believing it would give those with much bigger squads and resources an advantage, and later described the German as a "world-class politician".

Klopp then responded with several jibes at Wilder in his media interviews, including pointing out that the Blades only had one point on the board at the time.

Ahead of Sunday's clash, Wilder insisted: "The relationship is absolutely fine.

"I've got nothing but admiration for Jurgen, he's a top-class manager. That's what happens, people talk and things get said. If I was precious about things being said I wouldn't be doing this job.

"If I took notice of people in the media and what the majority have said through my time as a manager I don't think I would be sat here and I think that's the same for the manager at Liverpool.

"He's an incredibly talented manager, he's a winner and we all try to win. He has done that in incredible fashion. Heat of the moment, or whatever.

"If it was personal, I didn't take it personal, and I have moved on and for me to worry about stuff like that is way down the pecking order."