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Klopp: “Southgate had to pick Lallana”

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp admits England manager Gareth Southgate was inclined to select Adam Lallana for recent international matches.

“I don’t blame anybody for this, especially not Gareth Southgate – I like him, we’ve had a few meetings,” said the 49-year-old specialist.

“As a manager I respect it’s absolutely his decision to pick him. The media put him under huge pressure to pick the best line-up. If he had left Lallana out against Germany – the press would have asked ‘do you want to win?'”