Jürgen Klopp hit back on a journalist who accused the Liverpool boss of insulting Africa after he described the Africa Cup as a “small tournament”.
Liverpool beat Porto 2-0 on Wednesday to keep their 100 percent record in the competition with goals from Thiago Alcantara and Mohamed Salah.
Klopp was asked about the lack of international breaks until March before the game, but pointed out that some of his players will be playing for their countries at AFCON in January.
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In a light-hearted, ironic answer, Klopp said: “No international break until March, I’ve heard that so often, but there is a small tournament in Africa in January, I just want to say that.”
Some were offended, and after the Anfield victory, Klopp was asked to apologize to the people of Africa for his wording.
“All good, that’s not how I meant it. To be honest, I don’t know why you understand it that way, ”replied Klopp.
“I didn’t mean it that way, come on … so I wasn’t even close to having the idea of AFCON as a ‘small tournament’ or the continent of Africa as a ‘small continent’, not at all.
“What I meant was, if you watch the entire press conference, you might have understood correctly because I said there will be no international breaks until March.
“I said, ‘Oh, there’s a small tournament in January’ and I didn’t mean a ‘small’ tournament, I just said it’s still a tournament, it’s ironic. It’s still a tournament, a big one. we [will] lose our best players to this tournament.
“I’m not a native speaker, but if you want to get me wrong, you can always do so.
“I really don’t know … I know that I would never think that way. I don’t understand why you honestly thought that, but that’s really not okay as I would never do that.
“But that’s it now. It wasn’t my intention, but you did something [more] of it, so that’s not that cool, to be 100 percent honest. “