Klopp: Bayern will be punished for bad behaviour

The Borussia Dortmund boss has criticised the champions for making comments about the transfer situation of Marco Reus and says their conduct could come back to bite them

Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp  has launched a thinly-veiled attack on Bayern Munich, saying that those who behave badly at the top will eventually pay the price for their actions.

The champions infuriated the 47-year-old this week after chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge talked openly about the transfer situation of Dortmund attacker Marco Reus.

And the Dortmund boss, whose team currently lie 15th in the Bundesliga with just seven points from their opening nine games, accused the current league leaders of kicking his club when they are down.

“In a period where both [teams] are at the top, it’s fun to reply to any [questions],” Klopp was quoted as saying by Bild , adding that he knows “nothing of what is going on right now” regarding the star’s situation.

“In our current position, where this causes relatively little enjoyment, it is just not worth it.

“However, I believe that life is fair. Whoever behaves badly while they succeed, can get payback [later].

“We currently do not have the problem of having to behave well during a period of success, because we are not in one,” he jokingly added.

Earlier this week Rummenigge had told Bild : “We know in Munich that [Reus] has a lot of quality. For us a young German national player of such quality is interesting. But I do not want to cause unrest in Dortmund.”

The war of words will add even more spice to an already mouth-watering clash between the two German giants at the Allianz Arena in the Bundesliga on Saturday.

Gerrard: I could leave Liverpool

The Anfield club’s captain insists he will not be retiring in the summer, meaning an exit could be on the cards if he is not offered a new contract

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has revealed he is prepared to ply his trade elsewhere if he is not offered a new contract.

Gerrard’s current deal expires at the end of the season and the midfielder says talks over a new deal are yet to take place.

The 34-year-old has previously hinted he would be open to the idea of playing abroad following Frank Lampard’s move to MLS expansion franchise New York City.

And a departure from his boyhood club – where he has made over 480 Premier League appearances – could become reality if Liverpool decide not to offer the veteran new terms.

“I can only worry about this season ’cause I’m only contracted until May,” Gerrard told The Daily Telegraph.

“As it stands at the moment, I’m here until the end of the season and want to make the most of it. I certainly won’t be retiring this summer. I will play beyond this season.

“We will have to wait and see if that’s at Liverpool or somewhere else. That’s Liverpool’s decision. If they don’t come then I will see what’s out there.”

Gerrard has been a mainstay for Liverpool this term, playing in every Premier League match ahead of Saturday’s trip to face Newcastle United.

Trabzonspor: Manchester United want Waris

Ryan Giggs is believed to have scouted the Ghana international during a Europa League fixture and the Turkish club have now revealed that Louis van Gaal is keen on the striker


Manchester United are interested in signing Abdul Majeed Waris, Trabzonspor chief executive Burak Gurdal has confirmed.

The Turkish club signed the Ghana international from Spartak Moscow in the close-season, but the Red Devils are taking a keen interest in the 23-year-old’s progress, with Ryan Giggs watching the striker in action during Trabzonspor’s Europa League clash with Lokeren last week.

Waris’ agent recently revealed to Goal that he was unsurprised by United’s interest, although he was not aware the club had travelled to watch his client in action.

And Gurdal has now confirmed that the Old Trafford outfit are monitoring Waris, though he maintains Trabzonspor have no desire to sell.

“We have not have any direct offers however, we know Manchester United are scouting Waris and keeping close tabs on him,” Gurdal is quoted as saying by the Manchester Evening News.

“We only signed Waris two months ago and are not interested in selling right now, but you never know what will happen in the future.”