Jurgen Klopp Ripped Into A Journalist After Coronavirus Question Ahead Of Liverpool Vs Atletico Madrid
Jurgen Klopp tore into a journalist after being asked a coronavirus question ahead of Liverpool vs Atletico Madrid.
Klopp spoke to media ahead of tomorrow's Champions League round of 16 tie and a reporter asked if the German was afraid of his players catching the virus by playing football.
The 52-year-old snapped back with:
"Are you from Madrid? You live in Madrid - are you not concerned?"
"You ask me this question but fly from Madrid to here..."
A Spanish journalist asks Jurgen Klopp about #Coronavirus and the Liverpool manager's response is brilliant, highlighting the hypocrisy of the situation. pic.twitter.com/Tibq0ShDf4
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When the journalist responded by stating he 'wasn't playing football', Klopp said: "That's not that special. Playing football is just a game.
"We are not the society, we are only are part of society and we should all be worried in the same time.
"That's exactly what I don't like - you sit and ask me this question, but you flew from Madrid to here. So stay there - they've closed schools and you're obviously concerned.
"But you think football is worth it to travel or whatever. So that's our common problem - we play football, but we cannot stop it (the spread of the virus) with football. We do what we have to do."
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He also added:
"In this moment, they (the players) are all healthy. Why should we worry?
"What we do by not shaking hands is sending a sign. It's good for you, it's good for me, that we don't shake hands now. It's important that 22 completely healthy players are sending this sign for society.
Atletico Madrid have traveled from Spain for the game and it was announced today the next two weeks of La Liga action will be behind closed doors.
Rumours have also emerged that the Champions League could be suspended once the round of 16 concludes.
Tonight's round of 16 tie between Valencia and Atalanta will be played behind closed doors while tomorrow's tie between PSG and Borussia Dortmund will also be played with no fans.
Liverpool currently trail Diego Simeone's side 1-0 in the tie and are without Alisson Becker for Wednesday's clash.
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