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Jurgen Klopp clashes with reporter over ‘comment’ on AFCON ( Video)


Jurgen Klopp was asked to clarify his comments on the #AFCON2021 earlier this week

"It's a big tournament and we lose our best players"

Jurgen Klopp got into an argument with a reporter when he was accused of referring to the Africa Cup of Nations as a "Little competition."

Klopp was queried about the absence of international holidays until March before Liverpool's 2-0 Champions League win over Porto on Wednesday evening, but he pointed out that several players will be competing in the African Cup of Nations in January.

"No international break till March," Klopp responded, "I've heard it so many times, but there's a Little tournament in Africa in January, I just want to say."

But after Liverpool’s win victory over Porto at Anfield, Klopp was asked to apologise to the people of Africa for his choice of words. 

"It’s all good, I didn’t mean it like that. I don’t know why you understand it like that to be honest. 

"I didn’t mean it like that, come on… so I was not even close to it being the idea in my mind that I want to talk about the AFCON as a ‘little tournament’ or about the continent of Africa as a ‘little continent’, not at all. 

"What I meant was, if you watch the full press conference, then you might have understood it the right way if you wanted to because I said there are no international breaks until March now. 

"I said, ‘oh, there’s a little tournament in January’ and I didn’t mean a ‘little’ tournament, I was just saying it’s still a tournament, it’s ironic. It’s still a tournament, a big one. 

"We [will] lose our best players to that tournament. "I am not a native speaker but if you want to understand me wrong, you can do that all the time. 

"I really don’t… I know that I would never think like this. I don’t understand why you thought this to be honest, but that’s really not OK as I would never do that. 

"But that is it now. It was not my intention but you made something [more] of it, so that is not so cool to be 100 per cent honest."

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