Luke Littler makes feelings clear on Jurgen Klopp with Liverpool boss regretful over comments on darts star

Luke Littler makes feelings clear on Jurgen Klopp with Liverpool boss regretful over comments on darts star

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Jack Otway

By Jack Otway

Published: 02/03/2024

- 12:23

Updated: 05/03/2024

- 17:02

The 17-year-old has addressed praise from the German

Luke Littler has made it clear he's unfazed by recent comments from Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp.

Klopp compared the Reds' young players Lewis Koumas and Jayden Danns to Littler after the pair scored in the club's 3-0 victory over Southampton in the FA Cup on Wednesday night.

He said: "I understand it 100 per cent but it is a little bit like the new darts sensation (Littler), it is fine for tonight.

"But from tomorrow, leave the boys in the corner, please. And don't ask: 'Where are they now? Where are they now? Where are they now?'

Luke Littler Jurgen Klopp

Luke Littler has responded after a comparison made by Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp


"They have a lot to improve and a lot to learn.

"And everyone who is with us, we should have our moments, they will have more moments than they ever would have expected, probably, so that is one thing."

Littler has now been asked about the comments from Klopp.

And the darts star showed he's still grounded by making it clear he's unfazed and that it's merely 'another day' in his life.

“I actually watched the final and the young lads are doing well, but if he wants to compares them to me then he can," he said, referring to Liverpool's Carabao Cup final victory over Chelsea last week.

“I actually woke up and someone told me that he compared me to his young lads, so I went online and watched the video.

“I gave it a like and went on to the next video. That was literally another day in my life.”

Littler is hoping to win the UK Open and has been boosted by the shock exit of favourite Michael van Gerwen.

And he's backing himself to go all the way and claim a first major PDC title, especially after beating James Wade 10-7 on Friday.

“I have not even thought about it, but I know if my game is there every match then I don’t see why I can’t win it,” he said.

“I don’t mind who I play. It is what I dreamed of, playing in front of thousands every week, I just take it in my stride.”

Klopp, meanwhile, has continued to hail Liverpool's young players for stepping up at a time when so many stars are injured.

But the German has revealed he regrets his comments about Littler.

“I don’t feel [I have to protect them], I know it,” he told reporters.

“You are all not ready to do it, so somebody has to ask for it.

“I would like to eat my words that I mentioned that night [Wednesday], I gave, again, an assist, to some people to understand the wrong way. It’s my fault.


Jurgen Klopp

Jurgen Klopp compared Liverpool's young players to Luke Littler after their win over Southampton in midweek


“Of course, nobody is Luke Littler. It’s just in general.

"What could disturb a career for a very young prospect is, one part of, what the public make of it.

“It’s wonderful, they deserve it. You cannot live on the planet if you don’t see how special the story was, but now the next challenge is how to deal with all the things coming up.

“These boys are fantastic in that department, really down to earth, grounded.

"I don’t think it was necessary to mention that night but I did, so my fault.”

Luke Littler

Darts star Luke Littler is backing himself to win the UK Open


Liverpool are next in action against Nottingham Forest today (3pm).

The Reds won 3-0 in the reverse fixture at Anfield earlier in the season after goals from Diogo Jota, Darwin Nunez and Mohamed Salah.

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