Jurgen Klopp Has Heated Argument With Reporter Des Kelly About Broadcast Schedule
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp had a heated argument with BT Sport reporter Des Kelly after his side's 1-1 draw with Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday.
Clearly still reeling from Pascal Gross' late equaliser, the German let Kelly know his anger at the decision to give the Reds a lunchtime kick off after playing midweek in the Champions League.
Already in the throes of an injury crisis, the versatile James Milner was forced from the pitch with a hamstring problem in the draw. Although it's still unclear how the 34-year-old will be out for, he will be a big miss due to his ability to fill in for other players who are currently in the treatment room.
Klopp may have been extra frustrated after seeing his side have two goals ruled out by VAR, and Brighton given a controversial late penalty by the video referee. Gross then scored from the spot to cancel out Diogo Jota's earlier goal.
Liverpool are still one point clear at the top of the table after the stalemate, but the rest of the division have a game in hand and Klopp appeared to be feeling the pressure. He even dragged Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder into the disagreement.
A fascinating interview between Jurgen Klopp and @TheDesKelly discussing Liverpool's draw with Brighton, the Reds' injuries and fixture schedule. pic.twitter.com/s0BhahlUsP
- Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) November 28, 2020
Across social media, fans enjoyed the heated discussion, with Kelly holding his ground against the coach's attacks.
Jurgen Klopp speaking to Des Kelly after the game..#BHALIV pic.twitter.com/dPruCfJtlk
- Oddschanger (@Oddschanger) November 28, 2020
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Excellent between Kelly and Klopp.
Both men are at the extreme end of a decision making process which should lay the blame fair and square at the Premier League clubs and broadcasters.
In short, there can be NO slots for ANY KO times without full acquiescence of the CLUBS.
- Stan Collymore (@StanCollymore) November 28, 2020
Excellent by @TheDesKelly putting the broadcasting argument to Jürgen Klopp when it's clearly a Premier League issue. It's a tough year for everyone but footballers having to play lots of football matches, risking a muscle strain, is nothing like the sacrifice made by others.
- Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) November 28, 2020
Des Kelly pushing some buttons...
Klopp: "Chris Wilder says I am selfish. I think all the things he says are selfish..... If I had five subs today, I bring on Kostas for Robbo, to save Robbo. It's about saving players."#LFC
- Ben Dinnery (@BenDinnery) November 28, 2020
Honestly? Watching Des Kelly stand his ground and fight back at Jurgen Klopp for blaming Milner's hamstring injury on him is great. Journalists are an easy target in all of this and they don't deserve this kind of treatment. About time they gave it back as good as they get :clap::heart_eyes:
- David Munday (@DavidMunday815) November 28, 2020
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