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'That's not okay': Klopp reacts angrily to journalist over comments on AFCON

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was accused of disrespecting AFCON, Africa and the players from the continent and the German got upset while defending his comments.

A journalist accused him of disrespecting AFCON and Africa by referring to the tournament as a ‘little’ competition yet Klopp said he meant his words to be ironic and not taken literally.

‘I said “oh there’s a little tournament in January” and I didn’t mean a little tournament, I was just saying it’s still a tournament, it’s ironic.

The reporter – Ojora Babatunde of OJB Sports – firstly asked: ‘Hi Jurgen, during your last pre-match presser, you deliberately called the Africa Cup of Nations a “little tournament”.

I don’t understand why you thought this to be honest, but that’s really not OK as I would never do that.

I didn’t mean it like that, I don’t know why you understand it like that, to be honest…’ The journalist then rebuked: ‘That was what you said, I listened to the presser and you said the continent in Africa [is little], that is what you said.’ Klopp then defended his comments: ‘I didn’t mean it like that, come on.

One thing is clear, Klopp has the utmost respect for his African stars and is under no illusions how important Africa is to the global game of football.
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