Kevin Phillips insisted Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is entitled to be angry at Manchester City’s European ban being overturned.
The former England international, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, suggested that City’s rivals are “worried” that last season’s Premier League champions will still be in the Champions League.
Manchester City saw their two-year European ban overturned and their 30million Euro fine reduced by the Court of Arbitration for Sport on Monday.
Jurgen Klopp claimed that the decision was “not a good day for football” while Spurs manager Jose Mourinho described the ruling as “disgraceful” and “a disaster”.
Pep Guardiola appeared offended by the reaction of his counterparts and said that both could ring him for clarity on the matter.
When asked by Football Insider if Mourinho and Klopp were right to comment, Phillips said:
“Everyone is entitled to their opinion If it was the other way around, if it was Liverpool, Pep would have come out and said something. It is tit for tat.
“It is a big decision that will anger a lot of people and sometimes you cannot keep it in.
“Both are entitled to their opinion and they are probably worried that Man City are back in the Champions League for the next two seasons and it is another team for them to compete with.”
Guardiola said: “The sentence from the three independent judges was clear.
“But, if they want, they know my telephone number, they can call me and I can explain. It’s not a problem at all.”
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