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Jurgen Klopp Belittles Journalist With Ugly Putdown After Manchester City Defeat

Jurgen Klopp Belittles Journalist With Ugly Putdown After Manchester City Defeat

Jurgen Klopp was in a bitter mood after Liverpool's 4-1 defeat to Manchester City on Sunday and one journalist felt the worst of it.

A video shared on Twitter shows a post-match reporter asking Klopp about the gap to City, before he was quickly interrupted by the Liverpool manager.

"I really think you should prepare for your job a little bit better, to be honest," Klopp began. "How can you ask - they are 13 points away, in my understanding - and this question about becoming champions... Do you really think that's an appropriate question at the moment?

"You have only two questions and you waste one for that? Your fault."

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As the journalist from Israeli TV tried to finish his question, Klopp talked over him, continually repeating: "You had only two questions; you had only two questions... You wasted it."

The question, which the journalist barely got to finish, was actually perfectly reasonable: whether Liverpool were now mainly focused on a top-four finish and Champions League qualification after the Anfield defeat (which left the Reds 10 points behind City, having played a game more).

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Klopp eventually responded: "Yeah, that's obvious. We try to do that."

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Fans on Twitter criticised Klopp for the rude, confrontational tone taken with a reporter simply trying to do his job.

"I've encountered difficult managers myself in the past but he takes it to a new level. It's beyond childish," added @JayMotty, who shared the video.

"Asking the reporter to prepare for his job when he himself doesn't know the gap with City. Only joyful when he wins," replied another.

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It's understandable that Klopp's temper was short after a tough day at Anfield which saw the champions concede four goals in the second half and the usually rock solid Alisson make two glaring errors.

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Media duties after a defeat are taxing for any manager. But there seemed no excuse to interrupt and belittle a reporter, questioning his professionalism as he tried to do his job.

Klopp's post-match interview with Sky Sports journalist Geoff Shreeves was extremely frosty. But at least Shreeves didn't have the Liverpool boss taunting him over wasting questions.

Topics: Liverpool, Football News, Football, Premier League, Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool News

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