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"Do me a favour, and ask your own question," Jurgen Klopp unimpressed with journalists question

Ryan Sidle

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"Do me a favour, and ask your own question," Jurgen Klopp unimpressed with journalists question

Jurgen Klopp was not happy with one question in his pre match press conference ahead of the Champions League, and also ripped into a former Liverpool midfielder.

Klopp is under increasing pressure in the eyes of many after his side's difficult start to the season continued on Sunday with a loss to Arsenal.

It leaves last season's runners up in 10th place and already 14 points behind the Gunners, and 13 behind last season's champions Manchester City.

Whilst the loss to Mikel Arteta's side could be at least somewhat blamed on the controversial referee decisions, which continued to come out with a revelation about VAR not seeing the first goal, it was the sixth time already this season the team have dropped points, only four less than the entirety of the previous league campaign.

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The start to the season has led to some rare questions about Klopp, who has just celebrated seven years at Liverpool, which was the same amount of time he lasted at both Mainz and Borussia Dortmund before deciding to call it a day.

Most recently former Reds' midfielder Didi Hamann claimed that the team were lacking a 'spark', though he did deny saying the German could be 'nearing the end' of his time on Merseyside.

Klopp was asked about his team missing said 'spark,' something one body language expert clearly thinks the Liverpool boss is missing, in his pre match press conference ahead of the game against Rangers on Wednesday night, and the 55-year-old wasn't impressed, with any of it.

"I heard the phrase after the game against Arsenal used that Liverpool ‘need a spark,’ what do you feel…" a journalist began asking before he was cut off.

"Who said that?" Klopp enquired.

"Didi Hamann," he was told.

"Oh great," Klopp sarcastically retorted, "He’s a fantastic source. Well respected everywhere," with the sarcasm only intensifying.

"Former Liverpool midfielder, obviously," the reporter said.

"That doesn’t give you the right to say anything you want, especially when you have no idea," a perturbed Klopp said.

Finally getting his question out, the journalist said, "Well I’m asking you, do you feel that you need, I mean, where do you see a spark, if it’s a spark that you need? 

"I actually think, Didi Hamann doesn’t deserve that you use his phrase to ask me a question. Do me a favour, and ask your own question," answered Klopp.

"We won’t use that phrase then. What is it that you feel you need…" the journalist said whilst once again being interrupted.

"Try to ask a question without using the word spark, that’s the challenge now," the former Dortmund boss piped up with.

"No spark in there. What is it you feel you need to get that momentum going then Jurgen?" the journalist responded.

"We have to keep fighting. It will not happen overnight and especially not when you look at the Arsenal game…" Klopp finally got round to answering the matter at hand.

Klopp argues with the referee following the loss to Arsenal. Image: Alamy
Klopp argues with the referee following the loss to Arsenal. Image: Alamy

Speaking to talkSPORT, Hamann had said, "This Liverpool team looks tired, they look pedestrian and they just look flat. I’m not sure where the spark is going to come from because they’ve won games in the past.

"They beat Rangers a few days ago but they’re obviously far superior to Rangers. I trust that they’ll know where the spark is going to come from but whether it’s the end of an era?

"I wouldn’t write them off, but my imagination doesn’t let me see where the spark is going to come from in the next few weeks."

Klopp's side can put themselves on the verge of qualifying from their Champions League group if they win at Ibrox and Napoli beat Ajax, having thrashed them 6-1 last week.

Featured Image Credit: Sky Sports

Topics: Champions League, Premier League, Liverpool, Jurgen Klopp, Arsenal, Rangers

Ryan Sidle
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