Jürgen Klopp (54) flies a loose saying around the ears!
On Tuesday, the Liverpool coach described the Africa Cup (January 9 to February 6, 2022) as a “small tournament” at a press conference.
Much to the displeasure of a reporter!
Therefore, he involved Klopp in a discussion on Wednesday evening, indirectly even accusing the Liverpool coach of racism!
The reporter in the video discussion: “Hello Jürgen, at your last press conference you deliberately referred to the Africa Cup as a ‘small tournament’. I think that’s an insult to the players, an insult to the fans, an insult to the people of the continent. And I think you owe the continent an apology. “
Klopp replies, shocked: “I didn’t mean it that way. I don’t know why you understand that, to be honest. “
But the journalist does not give up: “You said that. I listened to it and you said that the continent in Africa is small. You said that. “
Klopp defends himself: “I didn’t mean it like that, come on. I didn’t even begin to think of the African Cup of Nations as a small tournament or the continent of Africa as a small continent – not at all. If you had watched the entire press conference, you might have got it right, if you had wanted to. “
He explains: “I said there were no international breaks until March. And then it occurred to me: ‘Oh, there’s another small tournament in January’. I didn’t mean it was a small tournament. I just said that there was still a tournament, it was meant ironically. It’s still a tournament, a big one. We’re losing our best players through this tournament. “
Background: Liverpool have to post Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mané and Naby Keita for the tournament in Cameroon in the middle of the season. Of course, that doesn’t suit Klopp at all.
But the explanations of the Liverpool coach do not convince the reporter. He continues: “But you wouldn’t say that in Europe. You wouldn’t say ‘small tournament in Europe’. “
Klopp slowly getting annoyed: “I’m not a native speaker, but if you want to get me wrong, you can always do so. I know I would never think that way. I honestly don’t understand why you think that. This is really not okay as I would never do that. It wasn’t my intention, but you made more of it. That’s not that cool, to be 100 percent honest. “
The two will probably no longer be friends …
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