Jurgen Klopp has questioned how the government had "time to think" about Premier League teams helping out Football League clubs.

The Liverpool boss explained that he believes those in a more fortunate position should help others in less favourable situations and that "football should help itself".

However, he also said there is not one "general answer" in response to the government's expectation that top flight clubs should help out before they themselves get involved.

This week, the government piled pressure on the Premier League by confirming for the first time that they expected them to help lower league clubs facing financial peril due to ramifications and consequences of the coronavirus pandemic.

Culture secretary Oliver Dowden said he would be "asking sports to help themselves - starting with the Premier League in respect of football".

His position is shared by those inside No 10 and was reinforced by sports minister Nigel Huddleston after he told MPs on Thursday: "Where it can, we will expect the top tiers of professional sport to look at ways it can support itself, with the government focusing on those most in need."

Reds manager Klopp was asked during his pre-match press conference ahead of Arsenal on Friday if he believed this was the right way to go about it.

"In general I think that people in a better position should help people in a lesser position - 100%," Klopp said.

"I don't understand the structure here 100% completely, but in Germany the first and second division are together so they share their problems - if you like.

"I think that makes things sometimes slightly easier.

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"It's difficult, I don't think there is a general answer - people in a better position should help other people but the position in this moment is that it is not really easy for all clubs, as we all know.

"I don't know how the government finds time to think about that, I thought they would have enough to do with other things - but I get it.

"So, yes football should try and help itself."