Jurgen Klopp responds to Liverpool booing with question of his own; reveals Man City expectation

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Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool press conference December 2019 Credit: PA Images
Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool press conference December 2019 Credit: PA Images

Jurgen Klopp insisted Liverpool fans weren’t booing Prince William and the national anthem “without a reason”, and revealed his title race expectation.

Liverpool courted national media headlines on Saturday. Their fans audibly booed both Prince William and the English national anthem during the FA Cup final pre-match ceremonies.

The Daily Mail took a particularly dim view of the booing, though Liverpool fans’ ill will towards the establishment is nothing new.

The cover-up of the Hillsbrough disaster is the main focal point of their ire. However, that is just one of a long line of injustices they feel has been levied the city of Liverpool’s way.

Jurgen Klopp was asked about the incident during his pre-match press conference on Monday. The German responded to the probe with a question of his own.

“Of course I have thoughts,” said Klopp (via the Liverpool Echo) before adding: “The question is why does it happen?

“They wouldn’t do without a reason. The majority of our support are wonderful people.

“Really smart, go through lows and highs. They wouldn’t do it without reason.”

Klopp reveals Man City expectation

Following their FA Cup final victory over Chelsea, Liverpool now have two trophies in the bank.

The League Cup and FA Cup are safely tucked away, while the Champions League final with Real Madrid is in their calendars for May 28.

But before then, Liverpool must rely on a favour from Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa on final day.

Should City draw with Villa and Liverpool defeat both Southampton and Wolves, the Reds would be crowned champions.

However, when asked for his thoughts on the title race, Klopp insisted he does not expect City to slip up twice after drawing with West Ham on Sunday.

“I am looking forward to the game [Liverpool v Southampton] tomorrow,” said Klopp

“I don’t know the last time City dropped points two games in a row. Villa has to play midweek. They are not used to that.

“I don’t expect City to drop points there.”

Liverpool depleted for Southampton clash

Klopp confirmed Fabinho is making good progress from his injury sustained against Tottenham, though won’t be fit to face the Saints.

The Times and Mirror both concurred in their reporting that Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk won’t be risked too. The pair have groin and knee complaints respectively.

On the subject of his line-up versus Southampton, Klopp added: “Tomorrow we will see.

“After 120 minutes [at Wembley], we have to make sure we don’t go nuts with them. We will see. Southampton will try to beat us.”

When asked about the importance of his squad with Kostas Tsimikas specifically named, Klopp hailed his reserves while also expressing his relief that five substitutes will be permitted in the Premier League next year.

“Next season we change five times,” continued Klopp. “More players come on and make a difference from the bench.

“We already felt it this season. Imagine the FA Cup final if we only change three times? Intensity increases, we cannot stop that.

“I love it that the boys came on and contributed. I know they contribute and now the public know as well.

“It’s as important to start as to come on and make a difference.”

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