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    Klopp defends his statement about AFCON

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    Jurgen Klopp, the coach of Liverpool, has defended his statement in which he referred to the African Cup of Nations, AFCON, as a “small tournament,” saying it was taken out of context.

    During a press conference following Saturday’s win over Arsenal, Klopp referred to the AFCON as a “small tournament” while answering concerns about international breaks.

    He said, “I’ve heard that so often that there’s no international break until March. In January, there’s a little tournament in Africa, I just want to say, and I think Asia is playing games, too – South America as well, great, can’t wait.”

    In response to a journalist, Ojora Babtunde, who asked him to apologize for referring to Africa’s version of the Euros, the AFCON, as a “small tournament,” Klopp stated that it was a way of expressing his frustration at losing key players at such an important juncture of the season.

    Klopp said his comment was misinterpreted. “I didn’t mean it like that. I don’t know why you understand it like that.

    “It’s not even close to the idea in my mind that I want to talk about AFCON as a little tournament, or the continent of Africa like a little continent, not at all.

    “What I meant is, because people said and if you watch the full press conference if you wanted to understand it in the right way you could have understood it in the right way. I said ‘there’s no international break anymore until March’ and I said:

    ‘Oh and there’s a little tournament in January,’ and I didn’t mean a little tournament, just like you say it when there’s still a tournament. It’s ironic. There’s still a tournament. A big one. We lose our best players to the Africa Cup of Nations.

    “It was not my intention, but you made something of it. That’s not so cool as well to be 100 per cent honest.” He said

    The tournament which begins on the 9th of January to the 6th of February 2021, will Liverpool without Mohamed Salah, Naby Keita and Sadio Mane for the month-long tournament.

     

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    • #28938
      Bernard
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      so has the guts to deny what he said right, I have always thought there was an inner racist in that man for a very long while now

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    • #28943
      Chichi
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      they should give this man a break abeg, how can AFCON be held when serious players are having serious competitions to play in their various clubs in Europe?

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    • #28944
      John Adeleke
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      why wont he deny it, after exposing your inner feelings on Africa and its institution, you are now claiming misunderstood.such a wanker

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    • #28945
      Gentle
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      Klopp the defender, more like Klopp the politician

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