Jurgen Klopp hasn’t had a happy time over the past few days.
Besides enduring a chaotic pre-match press conference ahead of Tuesday’s frustrating draw with Spartak Moscow, the Reds boss has also been subject to a strange response to his comparison to the Harlem Globetrotters following Saturday’s win at Leicester.
Reflecting on his message to the players, Klopp told the Liverpool Echo: “I said before the game to the boys ‘we are not the Harlem Globetrotters’.”
“We don’t go out to try and play beautiful football. We are here for results, so we play for results.”
His comments were deemed completely justified after the Reds came close to squandering their 3-2 lead at a time when they desperately needed a win.
Klopp was purely stressing that it wasn’t the performance that mattered, but the result.
The world famous basketball team has since hit back at the Liverpool manager on social media.
— Harlem Globetrotters (@Globies) September 26, 2017
After seeing Klopp’s unimpressed reaction to being asked if he loved any of his Liverpool players in a recent press conference, it will take a brave reporter to ask for his view on what the Globetrotters had to say.
That said, it has the makings to be another highly-entertaining exchange between Klopp and the media.
In truth, it’s unlikely he’ll be at all fazed given how eager he’ll be to enter the international break on a high with a win against Newcastle this Sunday.