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Jurgen Klopp keeps his composure as wild accusations aimed at Liverpool boss

Claims that the Liverpool boss made ‘xenophobic’ comments when describing Manchester City and the state-owned club’s wealth were wide of the mark.

 

Jurgen Klopp has responded with emotion, disdain and genuine hurt at accusations of “boderline xenophobia” when discussing Manchester City ’s financial position.

 

After a lifetime of fighting discrmination of any form, the Liverpool manager said he couldn’t live with himself if the claims – made in several newspapers, and attributed to an unnamed and unidentified official of the Manchester club – were true.

 

The Anfield board, outraged at such baseless and offensive allegations, Liverpool swiftly moved to issue legal letters to at least two newspapers, making clear they must be retracted.

 

And when asked if he had a response to the claim of xenophobia, after so visibly fighting it and all forms of racism throughout his career, he was visibly hurt as he said there were NO grounds for such claims.

“Definitely. I don’t feel, in this specific case, I don’t feel it at all. I know myself. And you cannot hit (me) with something which is miles away from my personality.

“If I was – I cannot remember the word, wow! (xenophobic) – like this I would hate it. I would hate myself for being like this.

“I have said a lot of times things that were a little bit open for misunderstanding. I know that. It was not intentionally, just sometimes you say things and you think “oh my God! It can be interpreted like this!”

“But this is NOT one of these moments. Absolutely.”Jurgen Klopp wasn't happy with some of the accusations fired his way

Jurgen Klopp wasn’t happy with some of the accusations fired his way

Klopp had spoken on the wealth of football clubs backed by nations ahead of the clash with City at the weekend, but made clear he was suggesting no wrongdoing or breaking of laws by any club.

Yet the response circulated in several media outlets seemed disproportionate to his words, which prompted the question of whether it was designed to shut down debate over the finances of the sport.

When asked if he felt this was the case, he replied simply: “Not all of you journalists see things the same way, like your chief writers. Some see it differently. It’s the whole world, obviously.

 

You can have different views. That’s how it is. So nothing to say.”

 

He did, though, add: “That is the life of people who speak in public. It is not the first time I am misunderstood. I know what I thought when I said it. If someone misunderstands that, or wants to misunderstand that, I cannot change that.

 

“I just answer and say what I think. I try to do that in the future as well because usually it is never my aim to blame anybody. I say what I know about it, how I judge it or how I see it.

 

Klopp is facing an FA charge

Klopp admitted that he is far from perfect in his actions, citing the FA charge on Tuesday for his red card during the game on Sunday after he complained passionately about an obvious foul on Mo Salah.

 

“It was my first card in England, my first card and it was a red. And again, it was my fault – reaction is always my fault,” he said.

 

“No excuse, I don’t want an excuse, it happened, it was obvious and everyone saw it. And then he gave me a red card and it was absolutely ok, really. Send him away, fine.”

 

The manager though, believes that is a million miles away from the reputational accusations thrown at him, and pointing to Liverpool’s legal challenges, he said, firmly: “We responded .

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