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From wind to cold feet: Five of Jurgen Klopp’s most weird post-match excuses as Liverpool boss

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From wind to cold feet: Five of Jurgen Klopp’s most weird post-match excuses as Liverpool boss

Jurgen Klopp is a brilliant football manager who is prone to some memorable interview comments, but the German is also quite adept at finding bizarre excuses for his Liverpool team’s poor performances.

Following Liverpool’s stumbling draw with Fulham at the weekend, Klopp was quick to criticize the condition of the Cottagers’ pitch.

Klopp’s remarks about the surface being too ‘dry’ in west London were quickly seized upon, prompting Fulham to respond with a not-so-subtle retort from the club’s social media administrator.

Following yet another incident in which Klopp conveniently ignored his team’s flaws, we recall five of the German’s most memorable excuses.

Wind

The wind, a personal favorite of Klopp, has been one of the most significant impediments to Liverpool’s pursuit of major trophies, alongside Manchester City.

Blustery conditions have impacted the Reds twice in Merseyside derbies, with points dropped against Everton frequently attributed to weather-related measures beyond the club’s control.

“[It was a] very difficult game for different reasons,” Klopp said following a barren draw with the Toffees in March 2019.

“I know people don’t like it when I say it, but the wind came from all different directions, the ball was in the air a lot.”

This was Liverpool’s fifth draw in seven games, as their battle against the wind ended in defeat.

Klopp reiterated his belief that the wind was an Everton fan two seasons later, when the Toffees won their first game at Anfield in more than two decades.

Opposition injuries

You could be forgiven for thinking that three injuries in the first 43 minutes would be a hindrance for the side forced to make changes.

Klopp, on the other hand, had a different perspective following a goalless draw at Manchester United in February 2019.

After Ander Herrera, Juan Mata, and Jesse Lingard were all forced off with hamstring injuries in the first half, Klopp stated that United’s forced chances had actually impacted the rhythm of his team.

“It’s difficult. It was a strange game,” Klopp said.

 “We started really, really well, exactly as we wanted to start. Then the injury crisis started as well. That obviously cost us our rhythm. It was like: ‘What’s going on now?’

“United played with a completely new midfield, pretty much a new three up front. We lost the rhythm and couldn’t get it back.”

Alisson’s cold feet

Alisson’s arrival is regarded as one of the most transformative signings of Klopp’s reign, with a drop from his usual excellence leaving the Liverpool manager scratching his head in February 2021.

The Brazilian channeled his inner Massimo Taibi in a disastrous performance against Manchester City in February 2021, as the Reds were thrashed 4-1 at Anfield due to Alisson’s errors.

Not content with gifting the visitors a goal with one careless pass, the goalkeeper promptly followed up with another careless clearance as City ran riot on Merseyside.

Klopp’s investigation into the reasoning behind the Brazilian’s brain-farts yielded a clear conclusion – cold feet.

“In the second goal he just mishit the ball,” Klopp said after the goalkeeper’s gaffes.

“There’s no real reason, maybe he had cold feet. It sounds funny but could be.”

Liverpool’s kitman is now required to provide Alisson with two pairs of socks for all Premier League fixtures during the winter months…

God a Manchester City fan

Manchester City have often appeared to be an unstoppable force in recent seasons, and it’s no surprise given that heaven’s clouds are reportedly adorned in sky blue scarves and inflatable bananas.

God, of course, is a Manchester City fan, and one of his many responsibilities is to keep his beloved blues ahead of Liverpool in the Premier League title race.

“I am convinced now that God is a Man City fan and that he will do everything to stop us,” Klopp said after a defeat to Everton in February 2021.

 “You can’t win against God.”

Broadcasters influence

Klopp expressed his displeasure after Liverpool were knocked out of the FA Cup in 2018, claiming that the television producers cut his team’s loss to West Brom at Anfield short.

West Brom won 3-2 at Anfield thanks to two goals from Jay Rodriguez in an eventful fourth-round match dominated by VAR decisions.

Klopp claimed that the ongoing VAR saga should have resulted in ten minutes of extra time in the first half, but accused BT Sport’s production team of cutting the game short to keep up with TV scheduling.

“What I heard was that the actual extra time in the first half should have been ten minutes,” he said after the Reds’ cup exit in January 2018. “It was only four.”

“I heard that television said it’s not longer than four minutes. Of course, that’s not possible, you can’t cut match time because there is something else to broadcast. I don’t know what was on afterwards, maybe the news or something. It was ten minutes and so you need to play ten minutes longer. You can’t say: ‘It’s now a little bit too long.’” 

Klopp’s comments were quickly dismissed by BT Sport’s match director, who declared that any attempt to influence a match official would be ‘unprofessional’ and ‘utterly futile.’

From wind to cold feet: Five of Jurgen Klopp’s most weird post-match excuses as Liverpool boss

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