Jurgen Klopp: Players would never have problem with gay teammate coming out

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Jurgen Klopp: Players would never have problem with gay teammate coming out
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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp believes any player coming out as gay would receive the full support of his teammates, but admitted the response of crowds could be an issue.

Adelaide United midfielder Josh Cavallo publicly announced he was gay last week and revealed he knew there were other players “living in silence.”

The Liverpool manager praised Cavallo, but expressed his disappointment that a player announcing their sexuality was such a big story.

“Of course I think it should not be like this,” Klopp said.

“It’s a big story but that’s actually the problem we have: that it is not normal, or that he has to make an announcement about it instead of living his private life and nobody being bothered about that.”

The Liverpool manager is confident from his experiences in the game that it is not the attitude of fellow players that would dissuade someone from coming out as gay.

“What I can tell you is that in 30 years in the industry, I never had a dressing room where it would have been a problem at all,” Klopp said.

“The problem is not the inner circle, the problem is the wider thing: crowds in the stadium, they use things to try and give you some stick, and that will happen for sure.

“That’s very disappointing, but we all have to work on it, to make sure that this kind of ‘news’ is not necessary, that nobody has to make an announcement to open up.

“I saw his speech and he looks like a really strong, smart young man. I wish him really all the best.

“I’m thankful he did it because now we talk about the subject again, and that’s obviously a good start for changes.”

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