‘Calm down!’ Jurgen Klopp reacts to furious Arsenal and Chelsea ESL fan protests

Liverpool's German manager Jurgen Klopp speaks to the media ahead of the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Newcastle United at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on April 24, 2021.
Klopp called for protesters to ‘calm down’ (Picture: AFP via Getty)

Jurgen Klopp has urged protesters to ‘calm down’ and ‘carry on’ amid backlash over the European Super League.

The Liverpool manager was keen to shift the blame away from the club as a whole and onto the owners, but is ‘100% sure’ that they have learnt their lessons.

Protesters have gathered in the aftermath of the attempts of 12 European clubs to found a breakaway competition, with Arsenal and Chelsea fans calling for a change in leadership at their respective clubs.

But Klopp thinks it’s time to move on from the whole fiasco and called for protesters to ‘relax a little bit’.

‘Look, it hurt a lot,’ he told BT Sport ahead of Liverpool’s Premier League clash with Newcastle.

‘The thing was that yes our owners made a mistake. We’ve said it often enough, they know it and these kind of things.

Arsenal fans protested against their owners after the failed European Super League plot.
Arsenal fans protested against their owners (Picture: Getty; Reuters; PA)

‘What I didn’t like in that moment was it – the Leeds supporters were a good example, they went on us. We had nothing to do with that, we are just the face of the club. Our supporters had nothing to do with that.

‘We didn’t even have the idea, we had nothing to do about it and that’s what for me is really important that we don’t forget that.

‘It’s constantly mentioned, Liverpool Football Club, Liverpool Football Club – no, it was not Liverpool Football Club. It was representatives of Liverpool Football Club, we have to make a difference.

‘That’s really very important. I see the pictures the last few days of the Arsenal and Chelsea stuff like this… I really think, you all have to calm down.

‘Yesterday on Sky, three journalists sitting all day talking about it, it’s winding up people. You cannot just create other pictures, we are still in a pandemic. People are out there without face masks and shouting their opinion out.

‘All the pundits have to calm down as well a little bit because, yes, no one wanted it, definitely. But now let’s deal with it and not constantly show we didn’t want it.

‘We know it, it’s all clear now, people who made the decisions they learnt a lesson, I’m 100% sure.

‘Let’s just relax a little bit. We have to carry on, that’s always how it is. If something bad happens, we have to carry on – that’s what we try now.’

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