After Jürgen Klopp once again messed with a journalist, he now received harsh criticism from ex-Liverpool player Dietmar Hamann, who sees his club’s reputation at risk.
Following the Reds’ recent 3-0 defeat at the hands of Wolverhampton Wanderers, Klopp was shot by journalist James Pearce of The Athletic asked about possible mental problems after conceding two goals in twelve minutes. Klopp’s response was direct: “It’s very difficult to talk to you if I’m 100 per cent honest. I’d rather not. You know why. For all the things you’ve written. So if someone else has these If you want to ask a question, I will answer.”
An answer, the ex-professional Hamann, today as sky-Expert works, belched badly. In conversation with talkSPORT The 49-year-old said: “I found it very strange and petty and he has to recognize that James Pearce and his family have been bombarded with hate mail since this incident because Klopp failed to answer a question.”
Hamann continued: “It was absolutely right to ask him the question and I think the least James deserves is an apology. Liverpool are a club built on respect and I think someone has to say to Klopp: ‘ This is Liverpool Football Club and you can’t do this.'”
“We have campaigns against bullying and you can’t let the Liverpool manager behave like that. I feel like nobody at the club has the balls to tell them. The way things are going at the moment, it helps him not and they certainly don’t help the club, which is above everything,” added Hamann.
It wasn’t the first time that Klopp had taken on a journalist. However, he currently has bigger concerns, Liverpool is currently only 10th in the Premier League, eleven points behind fourth place, which entitles them to participate in the Champions League.