Klopp replied: “I didn’t call it a ‘little continent’.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has rejected calls to apologise to the Africa continent after his statement this week. The German manager made a statement on the African Cup of Nations after Liverpool’s Premier League victory against Arsenal.
After the victory over Arsenal, Klopp was not happy as he will lose two of his most important players, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane due to their participation in the African Cup of Nations in January.
The Reds boss stated: “In January, there’s a little tournament in Africa, England is playing games – South America as well, can’t wait.”
The 54-year-old has also issued an update on his comments, though he stopped short of apologising – instead of laying the blame at the door of reporters.
He spoke on this issue after Liverpool’s Champions League victory over Porto, “I didn’t mean it like that! I don’t know why you understand it like that. Come on…”
He was then asked if he would apologise to Africa as a continent, to which Klopp replied: “I didn’t call it a ‘little continent’.
“What I meant was – I said there’s no international break until March. A little tournament in January, I just meant it’s ironic. A big one, we lose our best players for the tournament.
“I am not a native speaker but if you want to misunderstand me, it was not my intention. You made something more of it. That is not too cool.”
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