When will journalists learn not to ask Jurgen Klopp about coronavirus?
Ahead of Thursday’s Champions League match against Atletico Madrid, the Liverpool FC manager once again ripped into a reporter who asked about the coronavirus outbreak.
When the journalist queried if there was any concern Liverpool’s players would be infected by playing, Klopp fired back with an scathing rant, pointing out the hypocrisy of the question.
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Jurgen Klopp looks on during a Liverpool FC Training session at AnfieldSource:Getty Images
“Are you concerned?” Klopp asked.
“We are part of the society and we should all be worried.
“That’s exactly the thing I don’t like, that you sit here and ask me this question but fly from Madrid to here.
“Stay there. They closed schools and universities and you are obviously concerned, but you think now football is worth it to travel?
“That’s our problem. That’s our common problem and we cannot solve it with football.
“We play football. That’s our part, what we have to do. Your job is to transport information and I hope you do it better than you ask questions, to be honest.
“That’s the moment where I really get angry. When you give me the feeling I have a problem that you don’t have. We all have the same problem.”
Klopp was not happy about being asked about the coronavirus again pic.twitter.com/hbFKP5grEd
Klopp went on a similar spiel to a different reporter last Wednesday, reinforcing he is not the person to consult about the coronavirus threat.
“What I don’t like in life is that a very serious thing, a football manager’s opinion is important,” Klopp said last week.
“I don’t understand that, I really don’t understand that.
“It’s not important what famous people say. We have to speak about things in the right manner, not people with no knowledge like me, talking about things that people with knowledge should talk about.
“Politics or coronavirus, why me? I wear a cap and have a bad shave.
“My opinion about corona is not important.”
Jurgen Klopp's response when asked about Coronavirus is absolutely class. This man speaks so much sense, absolutely spot on. ? pic.twitter.com/NlfxlNQ9Iu
Arsenal’s game at Manchester City was postponed on Wednesday after players from the London club were put into quarantine, making it the first Premier League fixture to be called off because of coronavirus.
Klopp said closing stadiums to fans — a measure not yet taken by English soccer authorities — wouldn’t necessarily be the best solution.
“The problem with football games is if you are not in the stadiums, then you go watch it closely together in rooms,” Klopp said.
“I’m not sure which is better in this case, to be honest.”
Klopp has managed Liverpool since 2015, leading them to the UEFA Champions League in 2019. The 52-year-old was also named FIFA Men’s Coach of the Year in 2019.
After losing the opening match 1-0 in Madrid, Liverpool face Atletico in their round of 16 second leg match Thursday morning at Anfield.
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