Simon Jordan went on a bizarre rant about Jurgen Klopp at the weekend, following the Premier League fixtures that saw the Reds go eight points clear at the top of the table.
The former Crystal Palace owner reckons Klopp was out of order to call out Hamza Choudhury in the aftermath, for a tackle which saw the midfielder booked and Mo Salah leaving the field injured.
According to Jordan, Klopp giving his opinion on a nasty, late tackle, is proof Klopp’s demeanour is changing and that he is potentially ‘becoming infected by the disease of arrogance’!
“I’ve noticed a slight change in Jurgen Klopp, in the language and robustness of his position,” Jordan said on talkSPORT. “I thought his post-match interview was very brusque and irritable, and I know that journalists can drive you mad with ridiculous questions, in his explanation of Salah and what happened to him.
“I’m just wondering, part and parcel of the appeal of Klopp that’s gotten him away with certain things over the last two-and-a-half years – before he won the Champions League he was a perennial final loser for Liverpool – and I’m now looking at him thinking, ‘you have now won something for Liverpool, are you changing your demeanour?’
“There was a mesmeric million dollar smile that brought all aspects of the media to be a universal admirer of Klopp.
“But is he changing? Is he becoming infected by this disease of arrogance that lots of football managers get?”
This is possibly the greatest leap we’ve ever seen.
Klopp is 100% entitled to call out a bad tackle when his best player leaves the field injured, especially when the player in question had no intention of getting the ball – simply stopping the runner.
Liverpool’s boss is full of self-belief – and so he should be – he’s arguably the best manager in the world. But he doesn’t display arrogance – just a love for the game and an immense passion for his club.
To be fair, Jordan wouldn’t be the first talkSPORT presenter to make outrageous claims to stoke the listeners.
Keep doing what you’re doing, Jurgen. The more we win, the more nonsense will be spoken from those who don’t want Liverpool to do well.
Hopefully, we’ll have to get used to it.