Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says he considers the nickname given to his star attacking quarter is disrespectful to other players in the team.
The media have dubbed the Reds’ potent front-line – consisting of Philippe Coutinho, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah – as the ‘Fab Four’, in reference to another group of Liverpool legends, the Beatles.
The ‘Fab Four’s formidable skills were on full display in Wednesday’s 7-0 demolition job of Spartak Moscow in the Champions League, with Coutinho picking up a hat-trick and the other three also finding the target.
But Klopp doesn’t much like the moniker, because he feels it takes too much away from other attacking players in the Liverpool squad, like Daniel Sturridge, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Dominic Solanke.
“I have no problem with nicknames like ‘Fab Four’ but that’s disrespectful to other players,” he told a news conference.
“We played a fantastic game with West Ham and Ox was involved. Adam Lallana has not been fit but he would fit in well with any boy band on the planet. Sturridge, [Dominic] Solanke… it’s not fair on them.”
Nevertheless, the Reds have been in devastating form, and while Klopp acknowledges that Manchester City are playing the best football in the Premier League, he believes his own side aren’t far off.
“At this moment, Man City’s players are obviously playing the best football in the league. Then, I think we are not too far away to play maybe the second best,” he told Sky Sports.
“But still Man Utd have more points, they are more successful in the season and they won the [Champions League] group stage earlier than we did.”
The Reds finished top of their group in the Champions League, and Klopp wants Liverpool to get used to that kind of rarified air.
“I want to show how big and great this club and how much we can reach in the future if we really are ready to make the steps,” he said.