Yesterday saw Jurgen Klopp face the media ahead of his side’s match at the Stadio San Paulo against Napoli tonight. He’ll be going head-to-head against Carlo Ancelotti and when one journalist asked how a manager’s relationship with his players changes over time, the German had the perfect response.
Klopp asked how a manager's relationship with players has changed over the years: “I’m not as smart as Ancelotti but I’m smart enough not to answer this question."
— James Pearce (@JamesPearceEcho) October 2, 2018
Klopp obviously didn’t want to risk being misquoted and take the attention off of his players as the Reds prepare for what will be a huge game in Group C of the Champions League. PSG will be facing Red Star Belgrade at home in the other group game and you can only assume that Thomas Tuchel’s side will come away with all three points, making it imperative for Klopp’s team to overcome to Napoli to stay in control of the group.
Carlo Ancelotti will be a tough test for Liverpool. The Italian has come up against The Reds eight times in the past, winning five and losing three of those meetings, however, one of those losses was that famous night in Istanbul back in 2005 and the Kopites will be hoping that Klopp can mastermind a victory over Ancelotti just as Rafa Benitez did all those years ago, although the Reds would settle for a less dramatic win.
You can read the Kopites’ verdict on Klopp’s comments here:
That’s smart answer
— Jubaer (@Saahil_ahamed) 2 October 2018
— Dr Saud Al-Anezi (@q8braces) 2 October 2018
Brilliant brilliant brilliant
— Karan Hindocha (@karanhindocha8) 2 October 2018
— Vilz (@Villez11) 2 October 2018
Absolute genitive genius!!
Provided that exists in the language!
Oh, how i Klopp!
— Ssekamwa James (@JamesSsekamwa) 2 October 2018
— Lucas (@lucas4dominion) 2 October 2018
Perfect answer avoiding to be misquoted. Brilliant!
— Rob tha Don (@Do_Robbinson) October 3, 2018
The Reds will be desperate to make it two wins from two in the Champions League tonight and will be hoping Klopp can be the man to mastermind it.