Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp watched his side dismantle Premier League champions Leicester City at Anfield yesterday, but admitted afterwards that he wasn’t entirely happy – because he wants Reds supporters to stop chanting his name.
Klopp’s men ran out comfortable 4-1 winners over the Foxes in their first home match of the new season, with Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Adam Lallana finding the net.
But shortly after Liverpool went 3-1 up, The Kop were heard singing Klopp’s name and almost immediately, Jamie Vardy forced Simon Mignolet into a save when clean through on the Liverpool goal.
The German boss obviously didn’t feel comfortable with the home crowd’s behaviour, and afterwards, speaking via Joe.co.uk, he pleaded:
“I have to say, because I don’t know how else I can say this, please don’t sing my name before the game is decided.
“Immediately when the Kop started signing ‘Jurgen Klopp la la la’ they were clear on Simon Mignolet. It’s like celebrating a penalty before you have scored!
“I don’t play! It’s nice, I like all the players, but please don’t sing my name before the game is decided. It was the same against Arsenal. It’s nice, but it’s not necessary.
“It would be really nice if you could stop please! I wanted to say this, because (at the time) nobody could understand me. I know it doesn’t sound too smart, but sorry. That’s me. It’s very nice, thank you very much. But I’ve heard it often now!”
Liverpool now face a crucial trip to Stamford Bridge on Friday night for a mouthwatering clash against Antonio Conte’s Chelsea – and I’m sure we’ll all be listening closely for Liverpool fans’ songs.
What do you make of Klopp’s comments? Is he right to ask Liverpool supporters to keep quiet?