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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp hits back at claims he should apologise after calling AFCON a “little tournament”

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp hits back at claims he should apologise after calling AFCON a “little tournament”

Klopp’s side make it 5 wins from 5

Liverpool made it five wins from five in the Champions League group stages thanks to goals from Thiago and Mo Salah, helping them defeat Porto 2-0 at Anfield.

In a game dominated by the hosts, Thiago opened the scoring with a sublime strike, with the ball remaining just a few inches above the ground throughout:

Mo Salah, never one to miss out on a goal, doubled his side’s tally later in the second-half, with a trademark left-footed finish.

However, the game quickly took a back seat during the post-match press conference.

Klopp accused of belittling the Africa Cup of Nations

In an altogether strange turn of events, Jurgen Klopp was set upon by a reporter after he previously described the Africa Cup of Nations as a “little tournament” in his pre-match press conference.

Liverpool, of course, are set to lose Mo Salah, Joel Matip, Naby Keita and Sadio Mane to the winter competition, with the quartet set to fly out on boxing day, and perhaps not return until the end of January.

Ahead of the Porto clash, when one journalist mentioned that there is no international break scheduled until March, Klopp responded with “just a little tournament in Africa”, which, although clearly sarcastic in tone, was received poorly.

Indeed, one reporter went as far as to call it “an insult to the players, an insult to the fans, an insult to the people, and an insult to the continent”.

Klopp, however, has reiterated that he only meant it in an ironic way, and that perhaps the humour was lost across the language barrier.

See for yourself below:

Klopp assured that “it was not even an idea in my mind that I want to talk about AFCON as a little tournament”, before encouraging the reporter to watch the full press conference.

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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