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Jurgen Klopp defends misconstrued comments on AFCON – “I didn’t mean it like that”

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Irony was clearly lost in translation and Jurgen Klopp was not shy in defending himself after his “little tournament” comments regarding the Africa Cup of Nations were misconstrued.

Liverpool are to bid farewell to Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Naby Keita at the start of January due to AFCON, leaving Klopp without three players for potentially a month.

Klopp looked to swiftly clear the matter up, rightly defending himself over comments that were obviously misconstrued.

“I’ve heard that so often that there’s no international break until March,” Klopp answered.

But the storm in a teacup situation came from Klopp’s comments after the win over Arsenal when he replied to a journalist’s question over being relieved that there is no international break until March.

“It’s not even close to the idea in my mind that I want to talk about AFCON as a little tournament, or the continent of Africa like a little continent, not at all.

“I didn’t mean it like that.
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