Jurgen Klopp's sporting bucket list contains anything but football

Jurgen Klopp has unfinished business – none of it football
Jurgen Klopp has unfinished business – none of it football

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has revealed what sporting spectacles he would most like attend in person – and there’s not a football match in sight.

As the Reds prepare for their final pre-season match – against Torino at Anfield on Tuesday evening – Klopp took time out to tell the Liverpool Echo where he would like to be watching in his spare time, revealing: “I have this kind of list…”.

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It does not include watching his own team play in another Champions League Final, a Premier League-winning encounter or even an FA Cup Final.

Instead, topping his list is Irish sport GAA, which is reknowned for its brutality and pace. Klopp said: “I have to watch hurling in Ireland and I also need to go to a Gaelic football match live that’s for sure.”

The German continued to focus on sports not native or popular in his country but would have to travel half way round the world to do so: “Seeing the All Blacks playing rugby is on there too, probably a home game.”

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Klopp continues to deliver googlies: “Cricket, Yeah, I need to experience it – I just don’t understand the scores.

“I see them constantly flash up on the TV but I have no idea who’s in the lead. I could take a while for me to get cricket.”

Klopp did take in a Boston Red Sox match while on a trip to see Liverpool’s owners the Fenway Sports Group in the summer and admitted: “Baseball seems a bit easier to count the points at least.

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“Fenway Park is quite a spectacular place to be honest. It’s really interesting. I heard there was a picture of me at the game where I looked quite bored. I wasn’t bored! I was concentrating as I tried to get the hang of the game.

“Liverpool chairman Tom Werner explained it to me. It’s not that complicated, even I understood after a few minutes that there are actually tactics.

“Beforehand, I just thought someone threw the ball and someone else tried to shoot it out of the stadium.

“After nearly three years at Liverpool, it was time for me to see Boston at least. I flew over, had a few meetings and saw a baseball game. It was a nice experience, I enjoyed it.”


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