Jurgen Klopp’s ‘little’ comment is a disrespect to the African continent and he should apologize

Jurgen Klopp’s ‘little’ comment is a disrespect to the African continent, and he should apologize

By Shivex

Recent comments made by Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp has generated quite the stir on social media, and rightly so, as it has not gone down well with millions of Africans at home.

It started when the German manager was replying to a journalist on Saturday, who asked if Klopp was “relieved” they had got through a busy period with “no international break until March,” Klopp laughed and replied: “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.”

Take note of the word ‘little’ as there will be more on this as the article progresses.

During their press conference after Liverpool’s victory over Porto in the UCL, a journalist had asked him about the earlier comments and demanded Klopp apologize to the continent, the players, and the fans. But Klopp replied: “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.

“I’m not a native speaker, but if you want to understand me wrong, you can do that all the time. I know that I would never think like this. I never understand why you thought like this to be honest, but that’s really not OK, because I would never do that, but that’s it now.

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

It is observed here that despite Jurgen Klopp conceding that he indeed said ‘little tournament,’ he refused to apologize at all, which only highlights the said case of disrespect further. He somewhat tried to explain his comments and defend what he said by claiming he wasn’t a native speaker of the language. He even further told the journalist, “if you want to understand me wrong, you can do that all the time.” What disrespect! Jurgen Klopp showed here that he didn’t care a bit about what the journalist thought; he wasn’t even sorry for his words even after admitting again that the journalist might have understood him wrong, and only went further to react in a ‘whatever manner.

Truth should be told, what would it have cost the Liverpool manager to apologize for his statement in light of how it has been received? The Africa Cup of Nations is the most prestigious tournament in Africa, and for what it’s worth, should not be disrespected in any manner. It’s also a shame that there are people who, oddly, are backing the German manager and are implying he wasn’t wrong. Why didn’t Klopp say the ‘little’ Asia tournament or ‘little’ South America tournament? It’s a very big disrespect and a disregard to the African players at Liverpool and worldwide.

If Klopp had said ‘little matter,’ it would have been more forgivable but still disrespectful. However, he should apologize to the continent, the players, and the fans.

Again, AFCON is the biggest showpiece in Africa, with some of the game’s best players gracing the tournament, including Liverpool’s own Mohammed Salah and Sadio Mane. It is not ‘little,’ and Klopp should apologize.

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