Klopp blasted for ‘acting like child’ for slamming fist and snapping at reporter

Jurgen Klopp has been criticised after snapping at a reporter in his latest Liverpool press conference.

The Reds' boss has been known to become irate at journalists on occasions where he is unhappy with their line of questioning. Facing the media on Friday ahead of Liverpool's trip to Brighton, it was a query regarding Liverpool's January transfer business which angered Klopp into a fierce response.

Slamming his fist on the table in front of him, a disbelieving Klopp replied: "Honestly, I have about 6000 press conferences at Liverpool and you were part of pretty much 5999, you were always there. If you want to write or whatever, come on, now again I have to tell you the money story? Really? Do I have to tell it again?"

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Raising his voice slightly, Klopp continued: "What could be the reason that we have money like crazy but we don't buy the players when they are available? That's what you think of me? After all the years?

"So why ask the question when the answer lies on the table? I really don't understand that. You know the answer. If I was to sit here and say 'we have money in the bank, massively that I don't know what to do with, but the players out there, nah we don't want to do that'."

Liverpool have already splashed out around £40million to bring Cody Gakpo to the club after breaking their transfer record on Darwin Nunez in the summer. Klopp is now juggling various injury issues too, with Nunez carrying a knock while Luis Diaz, Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino are all sidelined.

"What we have on top of that, the problem that at the moment, four of our strikers are injured," Klopp explained. "So if we buy another one, they come back, thankfully, not tomorrow but they will come back; Darwin soon, the others a little bit later – then we'd have seven strikers.

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"We couldn't even put them all on the Champions League list. We'd have to make a decision, 'who goes on? The new one, the other one?' Stuff like this. So it's just not that easy.

"That's why I'm going to say you cannot solve the problem, especially with injuries. That's the main big shadow on all of us, because you cannot solve it in the transfer window. Sometimes you have to but usually you just have to get through until the boys come back and then you can use them again."

He added: "But a transfer market for us at this moment is not the solution. But if something is out there and somebody tells me we can do it then yes we will do it, but in this specific situation I don't think it will happen."

While there is plenty of logic in Klopp's response, fans were angry at the way he handled the question with several hitting out on social media. One Twitter user wrote: "Klopp said, we are not gonna sign anyone in January even he knew that we need a midfielder as soon as possible, he is acting like a child #FSGOUTNOW."

One fan remarked: "He always snaps," while another commented: "Feeling the pressure. Wonder who he will blame when Brighton beat them the weekend?"

Some could understand Klopp's point of view, though one suggested: "Our midfield issues aren't associated with injuries, what we have peaked, and the law of diminishing return has set in-it's natural. We need to buy at least one midfielder."

Others were more scathing. "Embarrassing Klopp. Sort yourself out," one wrote. "He seems as uninterested as the players atm. The club needs a massive shakeup." Another made their point clear with a brutally brief assessment: "Flopp is finished."


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