Pundit joins calls that Jurgen Klopp putting his arm around Scott Parker was patronising
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Jurgen Klopp's actions towards Scott Parker have been brandished as 'patronising' by one pundit, after the Liverpool boss put his arm around Parker.
On Saturday afternoon, Liverpool put their poor start to the season behind them, by equalling a Premier League record for the biggest ever win, against Bournemouth.
It was a particularly tough afternoon for the then Cherries' manager Parker, who saw his team completely capitulate from three minutes in, and concede a minute after half time, having already been 5-0 down at the break.
Since then the former Fulham boss has been sacked but at the time it must have felt like the worst thing that could have happened to him.
Towards the end of the game, Klopp was seen going over to the man in the opposing technical area, a moment praised by Liverpool fans for showing compassion.
Klopp's moment of sympathy for Scott Parker after the harsh result. Klopp is more than just a coach and a person ❤️ pic.twitter.com/H2jBX92rAT— يورغن الزعيم™🇵🇸🇸🇦 (@so_livr2) August 28, 2022
However, in typical fashion, others felt that it was more patronising than anything to be praised, and Micah Richards has added that it came across that way, even if it's not how the German meant it.
"Patronising," the former Manchester City defender said on BBC Radio 5 Live's Monday Night Club.
"If I’ve just lost 9-0 – and I’ve had some absolute shockers, I remember one against Chelsea and one against Liverpool – if a player put his arm around me, I’d tell him where to go. That’s the last thing you want.
"Klopp’s not doing it to be patronising, he’s doing it to be nice, but still, you don’t want someone to put their arm around you when you’ve just lost 9-0. Not a chance.
"I would have just had a word afterwards. There’s cameras on you 24/7 and if Scott Parker reacts then it makes it something a lot bigger than it needs to be. You don’t want someone’s arm around you when you’ve just lost 9-0, come on.”
Most patronising thing I've ever seen in my life. pic.twitter.com/GxQj4aeeuy— Ben (@bennyt100) August 27, 2022
It's only natural that people from each side have taken a different stance but some felt it was some sort of conspiracy that Klopp can do no right.
Certainly on Saturday his players could do barely anything wrong, with Harvey Elliott in particularly impressive form for the Reds.
Mohamed Salah frustrated Fantasy Football players as he somehow failed to score or assist despite his teams managing to score nine goals.
The Egyptian somehow managed to miss the easiest chance of the whole game, when he shot wide when just a yard out in front of an open goal in the first half.