Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has furiously hit back after claiming his current remarks in regards to the African Cup of Nations have been misunderstood. The 54-year-old got here in for criticism final week after describing the African Cup of Nations as ‘a bit match in Africa.’
“I did not name it a ‘little continent,’” Klopp hissed after watching his aspect cruise to a 2-0 victory over Porto within the Champions League on Wednesday night time.
“What I meant was, I mentioned there is no worldwide break till March – a bit match in January.
“I simply meant it is ironic. A giant one – we lose our greatest gamers for the match.
“I’m not a local speaker however if you wish to misunderstand me, it was not my intention. You made one thing extra of it. That isn’t too cool.”
The Reds are set to lose Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Naby Keita when the African Cup of Nations will get underway in January.
And Klopp rested quite a lot of his star gamers for the encounter, though the likes of Alisson, Mane and Salah all began.
However the Reds boss was rewarded as he received the outcome he was on the lookout for.
“It was good – we might have completed higher and been extra calm within the first half however we have been a bit hectic,” continued Klopp.
“That isn’t uncommon while you put a staff out that has not performed collectively rather a lot.
“Some folks suppose we would play a straightforward sport however we weren’t right here for that – Anfield is bought out so we need to go [for it].”
Liverpool are actually a staggering 10-points clear on the high of their Champions League group.
They usually might full a clear sweep once they journey to AC Milan of their closing encounter subsequent month.
The Italian aspect can nonetheless qualify for the knockout levels, as can Porto and Atletico Madrid.