On Saturday, Liverpool faced Arsenal in the 12th round of the Premier League and won this game 4-0. One of the four goalscorers were Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, two of the team’s main players who will be absent between January 9 and February 6 because of the African Nations Cup being played at that time. Juergen Klopp expressed his opinion on this matter during the Saturday conference.
– I have often heard that there will not be a single national team until March. Ah, but I would just like to say that in January there will be a small tournament in Africa, I think Asia will also be playing and South America will also. Great, looking forward to it, said Juergen Klopp with a disgruntled expression.
Juergen Klopp irritated the journalist. “It reduces the players. The coach should apologize.”
These words irritated one of the journalists. Ojora Babatunde said that the Liverpool coach ignored the game in Africa, so he decided to bring it up during the last match in the Champions League. – I think it detracts from players, fans and all citizens. The coach should apologize to the whole continent – said the reporter.
Suddenly, Juergen Klopp interrupted Babatunde’s further statement. – Stop, stop, stop. This is not what I meant. Honestly, I don’t know why you took it that way. Come on. I didn’t even think of calling the African Cup of Nations a “little tournament”, let alone Africa as a continent. Absolutely. What I meant, which you would understand if you watched the entire conference, was that I was told there were no representation breaks until March. I said, “Ah, we have a little tournament in January.” However, it was not about its rank, but the fact that it is held on that date was ironic, replied the German.
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– It is still a very important tournament. We are losing our best players because of him – added Klopp. However, the journalist accused him that if it were the European competition, the German would not have commented on it in this way. – English is not my native language, but if you want to misunderstand me, you will do it every time. I never thought so. I really don’t know why you took it that way. These were not my intentions, so to be honest, what you are doing is not cool – concluded the Liverpool coach.
Watching the Juergen Klopp conference on Saturday, you can see the facial expressions as well as the way the coach said he was “looking forward” to the January training camps. There was irony in that. Anyone who follows a German’s work in Liverpool also knows that in the past the German has already criticized some ideas related to national team camps. He also spoke negatively about the idea of organizing the World Cup more often.