Jurgen Klopp complains

Daft Klopp questions are asked as Brighton boos and the ‘burden’ that is Haaland emerges

There’s some really pretty dumb Jurgen Klopp points being made. Brighton’s definitive boos and the burden that Erling Haaland is are also in the news.

question of the day
“Klopp went too far on Sunday but he knows that and said so. He will take his punishment and it can serve as an example to others that this behavior will not be tolerated and I think that’s a good thing. It sends a message. But I agree with Klopp’s actions. He didn’t hit anyone, did he?’ – Dave Bassett, Daily Mail.

Good argument. Mediawatch could just go around yelling in everyone’s face in the future because they feel like they’re not doing their job right. It’s absolutely fine as long as no punches are thrown.

Question of the day – the runner-up
“Life is emotional. Football is emotional. We’re not in the cinema, are we?’ – Dave Bassett’s Stream of Consciousness, Daily Mail.

Clop a lot of it
Klopp’s quotes predictably, the back pages dominate Wednesday morning. The headlines are remarkable:

“KLOPP: I’M NOT A RACIST” – Daily Mail.

“Klopp tells City: I’m not xenophobic” – The times.

“I WOULD HATE ME IF I WERE A BIGOT” – Daily express.

A reminder that this has come about because Klopp claimed ‘no one can compete’ with Manchester City in the transfer market, that Liverpool ‘can’t act like them’ and that ‘there are three clubs in world football that can do financially , what you want”.

Groundbreaking stuff, really. Manchester City have had the highest net spend of any club in world football since the summer of 2008, Paris Saint-Germain have made the two most expensive transfers in the sport’s history and Newcastle’s spending in 2022 is in excess of £200m with little recouped from player sales , but Klopp got it wrong.

He said at the time that “it’s legal and all, fine, but they can do whatever they want”. But five days after those comments, we have to deny Klopp that he is xenophobic because some journalists parroted the allegation from an unnamed city source without challenge.

The times have since removed the quote from their original story, but the damage is done. You can see why Klopp and Liverpool are considering legal actionlet’s put it that way.

Absolute convoy
The news cycle’s focus on Klopp v City means actual football is falling by the wayside. But there are some strange things written in it The sun on Brighton’s draw v Nottingham Forest:

“Leandro Trossard, exuding confidence under new coach Robert de Zerbi, pulled all the strings but was let down by Brighton’s fluttering punch forward,” apparently.

“People like Danny Welbeck and Adam Lallana missed a lot of golden opportunities to leave new boss Robeto [sic] De Zerbi is waiting for his first win.”

No Brighton player had more shots than Trossard… but three team-mates created more chances, including Lallana.

boo fighter
Isabelle Barker adds that “streams of smoking home fans left the Amex before the final whistle”.

Their match report ends like this, describing a late Pascal Gross chance:

“The German snatched a header from Welbeck after Tariq Lamptey’s cross before stopping a try on Henderson, who expertly cleared and started a cacophony of boos on the ground.”

the athleteBrighton correspondent Andy Naylor reported “a few light boos at the end”.

Tom Allnut from The times writes: “When the final whistle sounded, there were boos from some home fans”.

Nick Ames from The guard written down ‘a few boos at the endby fans who want to feel confident that De Zerbi can build on Potter’s platform.

tea Irish examiner‘s Ed Elliott says the result “prompted a few boos”.

It’s a mystery how they all simultaneously missed the “cacophony” of home fans’ jeers.

Take Haa Street
‘Erling Haaland becomes ‘a burden in the dressing room’ hints at Man City exit problems’ is the eye-catching headline on the Daily Mirror website.

Of course it comes from content king Jake Polden, who writes that “City has a while before they have to come to terms with the possibility of losing their precious fortune,” but the £200m release clause, which is reported to have Coming into effect in 2024 could prove problematic for Pep Guardiola’s side.

Those are the ‘Man City exit problems’ referred to in the headline. But what about the “stress in the locker room” quote?

Well, that comes from Borussia Dortmund Sporting director Sebastian Kehl, who labeled Haaland as such during the last transfer saga that saw the striker leave the German club. And his point was just that “he had become a topic of conversation” – that is, a distraction – and was not an issue within the squad.

But it’s far more fun to pretend he’s becoming ‘a burden in the dressing room’ in a ‘reference to Man City’s exit woes’, fair enough.

Cyprus hills
Neil Lennon has been sacked by Omonia Nicosia after being made manager in March.

The Cypriot club specifically cited “the ongoing instability of the competition and the significant loss of points in the championship” as “the main reasons that led us to end our partnership”. Omonia sit 7th in the table having lost more than half of their league games so far this season.

But credit to the following outlets…

‘Lennon sacked as Omonia Nicosia boss after back-to-back defeats to Man Utd’ – Daily Mirror website.

‘Neil Lennon will be LEFT by Omonia after back-to-back Europa League losses to Manchester United’ – MailOnline.

‘Neil Lennon has been sacked by Cypriot side Omonia Nicosia after just seven months on the job – days after Man Utd exploits’ – The Sun website.

… for appearing to have gotten rid of him for losing two incredibly close Europa League games to Manchester United.

Most ambitious headline of the day
“Premier League clubs considering major Community Shield change that could impact Everton and Liverpool” – Liverpool echo.

On the other hand, it may not affect a club that has not played in the Community Shield since 1995.


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