They Said It

Tue 16 Feb by Mark Gleeson


“I don’t think we can close the gap. We have to win football games and big parts of the football were really good. We have to avoid mistakes and misunderstandings. Today we didn’t do that. The rest of the game was really good. We are not worrying about the title, we are not silly."

Jurgen Klopp admits the title race is over after Liverpool led 1-0 before losing at Leicester City on Saturday.


"We are so proud, I am so proud. A big congratulations for everyone, especially Hansi [Flick], the players and the backroom staff for this amazing thing. But I would like to say to Hansi that you are the second team to win the six titles in a row! Before you, there was another team, Barcelona … so maybe I can call Messi and company and we can play for the seventh title? Tell me when and where, and we will be there!"

Pep Guardiola congratulates his old club Bayern Munich on winning the Club World Cup and a sixth successive trophy, which he achieved previously while in charge at Barcelona.


“In my opinion, Salah is the Messi of Africa and of course he has the skills to play for the best teams in the world. What Salah has achieved can be compared to what Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo did with Barcelona and Real Madrid.”

Bayern boss Karl-Heinz Rummenigge waxes lyrical about the Egyptian superstar, which poses the question if Salah is heading to Germany?


"I told Jimmy Gabriel, who was in charge of subs, that the gaffer had said I was to go on. Jimmy gave the paper to the fourth official and I ran on the pitch. I turned just as the gaffer was running towards the sideline shouting, 'what the hell are you doing?' Poor Jimmy was left to explain. I was in the best shape of my life, a damn sexy footballer and I knew I was ready."

Nigerian star Daniel Amokachi on how he inserted himself onto the pitch in the FA Cup semi-final and then scored two quick goals against Tottenham Hotspur to send Everton to Wembley in 1995.


“Daniel was obviously very keen to get on and it goes on record as the best substitution I never made! He was just waiting at the gate, and the next thing he had jumped the gate. I only realised he was on when he was already on the pitch! He jumped the gun, somewhat, but I’m glad he did!”

Joe Royle, Everton manager at the time.