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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 centimetres above the ground at all times.

THAT IS WORLD CLASS! ✨

Just ridiculous from Thiago! 😱🔥

Wait for the angle from behind… 🤤 pic.twitter.com/21X1XkxW1W

— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) November 24, 2021

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.

Sensational from Mo Salah! 🎯

He drifts into a central position before unleashing a shot into the bottom corner.

17 goals in 17 games for the Egyptian King this season! 🔥 pic.twitter.com/3gD0JOmM8K

— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) November 24, 2021

However, the game quickly lost the focus of the post match press conference.

Klopp accused of belittling the Africa Cup of Nations Now, in an altogether strange turn of events, manager Jurgen Klopp was set upon by a reporter after he had 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 tournament, with the quartet set to fly out on boxing day, and may not return until the end of January.

Ahead of the Porto clash, when one of the journalists mentioned that there was no international break 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

🗣 “I said there’s a little tournament in January, I didn’t mean a little tournament, it’s ironic.”

Things got heated between Jurgen Klopp and reporter who demanded an apology from the manager after he called AFCON a “little tournament” pic.twitter.com/jLhe5jBx4u

— Football Daily (@footballdaily) November 25, 2021

Klopp responded 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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