Jurgen Klopp was in typical, sprightly, opinionated form today during his press-conference ahead of Monday’s tie with Leicester City.
We face the Premier League champions on the back of them firing Claudio Ranieri, despite the Italian leading them to an unprecedented title last term.
News broke last night that the Italian was being relieved of his services, meaning Craig Shakespeare will take charge in three days’ time.
Klopp is as perplexed by the decision to fire Ranieri as we are, if you haven’t already read this morning’s column:
“What can I say?” he began, cited by the Echo.
“Am I surprised that things like this can happen? No.
“It’s not only football. For me, there’s are a few strange decisions in 16-17… Brexit, Trump, Ranieri.
“Do I have to understand it all the time? No. I’ve no idea why Leicester have done this.
“Everybody can see their situation in the league and Champions League.
“He’s a really special person. A really nice guy.
“Does it change a lot for us? Not sure, we will see.”
There’s always a risk a team will suddenly turn up when they’ve fired a manager, so from a red perspective, we’d have rather Ranieri kept his job – before mentioning the injustice in the decision.
Hopefully though after our stint at La Manga and two week rest we’ll be primed for action, with our opponents reeling from the unrest at the club and a midweek trip to Europe.