Jurgen Klopp gets tetchy at a BT Sport interviewer for eight minutes following the late draw snatched by Brighton on Saturday.
The Reds saw two goals disallowed and conceded a late penalty as Brighton snatched a 1-1 draw on Saturday.
But the drama did not end there as Jurgen Klopp and BT Sport’s Des Kelly clashed in the post-match interview when talking about injuries.
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Kelly: “James Milner, hamstring is it?”
Klopp: “Yeah, congratulations.”
Kelly: “Me, personally?”
Klopp: “No, but you work for them yeah? Hamstring. Surprise. And they had injuries as well because it’s a tough time. But ask Chris Wilder how we avoid that.
BT: “Maybe you’re firing at the wrong target. We are broadcasters, we work within Premier League rules, and Premier League makes the rules, that’s the Premier League clubs, so shouldn’t you be talking to Premier League clubs? Shouldn’t you be talking to chief executives…”
Jurgen Klopp to BT Sport: “I don’t know how often I have to say it: you pick us for 12:30 kick-offs. You picked it. Not you, personally. But you did, didn’t you?
“Us on 12.30. Between now and December and New Year, there’s one more Wednesday and Saturday 12.30 kick-off.
BT: “When you say ‘you picked the 12.30’, the Premier League clubs chose that slot. There’s a reason that slot is there, because it’s valuable to the Premier League.
Jurgen Klopp to BT Sport: “These are difficult times.”
BT: “Of course it’s difficult, the stadiums are empty and the broadcasters are supporting the game.”
Klopp: “But if you play at 3pm, or 5.30pm, it’s exactly the same.
Kelly: “Your chief executives and other chief executives should be having that discussion. If you come down here and just have a go at the broadcaster, it doesn’t go anywhere, it’s not going to change anything.
Klopp: “I’m not having a go at the broadcasters, I just say how it is.
Kelly: “You said it was criminal.”
Klopp: “Playing 12:30 after Wednesday is really dangerous for the Premier League players.”
Kelly: “You also said the broadcasters don’t care and that’s the problem. That isn’t the problem…”
Klopp: “Why did you pick us against Crystal Palace if you care?”
Kelly: “Well, I didn’t pick it but every pick is agreed by the Premier League, with every executive around that table.”
Klopp: “You always rely on things we agreed in another time…”
Kelly: “No, no, no. If it’s about Premier Leagueayer welfare why did the Premier League clubs block five subs?”
Klopp: “That’s very interesting. Because when we had the talk between the managers a week ago, it was 15-5 or 16-4 in favour of five subs. But since then nothing happened.
“You need at least at least 14 votes and Chris Wilder or whoever, constantly say I’m selfish. I think all the things he’s said shows that he’s selfish but that’s not too important. I was in a similar situation as he is when I worked at Mainz – all about staying in the league.
“But now they [can make] three subs and have one point. So there’s no advantage or disadvantage. If you can do five subs in a game like this, it’s not for tactical reasons.
“For example, if we have had five subs today I would have taken off Robbo for Kostas to save Robbo, not to make our game better.
“It’s just to save the players. It’s for all players. You will it from now on until December. We will see.”
Kelly: “We agree with you and I understand what you’re saying, but you’re going about it the wrong way. You’re attacking the broadcaster instead of getting the support you need in the way you need in the Premier League meeting.
Klopp: “You will get praise for your interview because you stuck to [your point], so, great.
“What I want to say is that I only go for the broadcasters for the Wednesday and 12.30 [on Saturday]. Only seven managers have a similar problem and we all agree.
“I should stop doing it, and I want to, as it doesn’t help. The problem is we signed this contract… in this season it’s a bigger problem, no pre-season, because of the intensity, the shorter season etc. When we get this slot, it’s not OK.”
“Have a look how many – I am not selfish but I obviously speak about Liverpool -when his year is over, we’ve had this slot three times. Who else has had it three times? No one. Of course it’s a problem for me as I pick a team.”
Fans reacted as Jurgen Klopp gets tetchy at a BT Sport interviewer for eight minutes after his side’s draw against Brighton…
Des Kelly deserves a knighthood for that interview! Put Klopp in his place!
— 𝓙𝓸𝓱𝓷 (@John_GoonerAFC) November 28, 2020
I agree. When the var guy has to zoom in to pixels to give an offside then it shouldn’t. It should be naked eye on the screen rather than zooming.
— Gregory Edwards (@GME1982) November 28, 2020
Your comment shows you didn’t even listen to the points des made.
— Seanmullin (@seammullin) November 28, 2020
He literally complained about the broadcasters last week after winning 3-0 ya rocket
— Dave McCully (@davemccully) November 28, 2020
— Scott (@ScoBro87) November 28, 2020
And Jurgen is right as usual
— Childish Fabinho* 🏆 (@ChiIdishFabinh0) November 28, 2020
in my opinion Des should do his job and only ask questions, not trying to pick up a fight with Klopp…
— Luke Galea (@luke7galea) November 28, 2020
Des is a embarrassment. There is 10 games they could pick. BT shouldn’t pick city or Liverpool since both were out Wednesday. He had all his answered prepared but yet he’s missing the simple point. BT picks the game every week
— Conor Mccarthy (@ConorMc66325322) November 28, 2020
Doesn’t sound like he’s dealing with it. pic.twitter.com/Zki9DFePxA
— Rick Long ⚔ (@RickRicklong) November 28, 2020
What an absolute spoilt baby Klopp has turned into. Unless everything is exactly to his liking, he throws his toys out of the pram. Thinks the league should just revolve around clubs like Liverpool. Fair play to Des Kelly, many would have just nodded and agreed
— Michael Cantwell (@mickycantwell) November 28, 2020
If you’re fine with the @premierleague, @SkySports and @btsportfootball putting games at times wherever they want i hope everyone stops moaning about Liverpool and Man United getting more tv money than all the other smaller clubs, the worldwide big clubs deserve the bigger share.
— RedHawk6Times *🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆 (@hawkslfc) November 28, 2020
That’s fine to disagree and and I’m sure BT and Sky will bear that in mind but it’s the Premier League that agrees fixtures. It’s difficult though as every game is being broadcast and there’s Champions League next week so probably better for them to play on Saturday. Can’t win.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) November 28, 2020
It wasn’t excellent. Kelly failed to grasp Klopp’s point that BT don’t have to pick a team playing on a wed for a Sat noon KO kick off. It’s not a difficult point to grasp. He also spoke more disrespectfully than he needed to. Klopp did well to stay calm.
— Kevin Paul Murphy (@KevinPaulMurphy) November 28, 2020
Missed the point. Where is the consideration that LFC played Wednesday night. How can they select them for a lunchtime ko on the Saturday? It’s negligent & not looking after player welfare. It also applies to other teams in Europe
— Jay (@Jay82_LFC) November 28, 2020
You’ve completely missed the point. @GaryLineker
Klopp’s point is that we played on Weds night, and then we play away, 100s of miles away, at Brighton, on Saturday at 12.30pm.
Bt chose Liverpool for that spot. Not the PL.
— Anthony Dyer ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (@SlightlyLacking) November 28, 2020