'Quite aggressive': Klopp discusses alleged fight between him and £140k-a-week Liverpool man
Jürgen Klopp has been speaking to Sky Sports ahead of Liverpool’s clash with Brentford, where he was quizzed on an alleged fight.
What’s the story?
Well, earlier in the week, former Liverpool defender Ragnar Klavan revealed that Klopp nearly had a fight with James Milner in 2016.
Speaking on YouTube, the Estonian said: “I don’t remember who we played against, maybe it was against Sunderland. Klopp and James Milner almost started a physical fight. Eventually Milner stepped back. We saw from his eyes that Klopp would’ve gone all the way to prove his point.”
At the time, that sounded strange to us, as Milner often comes across as a mini-manager of his own – we can’t imagine how he’d upset Klopp.
Now, Klopp has moved to quash this rumour, before it generates anymore speed around the footballing world.
The German said: “Definitely must be a massive misunderstanding. I know which situation he means, but I didn’t step in his direction.
“Everyone knows how I look when I speak or shout, that looks quite aggressive without being that aggressive, so maybe Ragnar was not used to that yet.”
Klopp can definitely appear to be on the verge of a fist-fight at times with some of the facial expressions he pulls.
Perhaps – as Klopp says – Klavan just hadn’t gotten used to his manager’s actions, as it was only the defender’s first season at Anfield.
Could Milner become part of Klopp’s Liverpool staff one day?
As aforesaid, Milner is something of a mini-Klopp of his own.
The 35-year-old oozes professionalism, and takes his football very, very seriously.
Pep Lijnders even said that Ibrahima Konate needed to listen to Milner more than the coaching staff after he arrived from RB Leipzig!
The former Manchester City man’s role in Klopp’s side is slowly diminishing, and it may soon be time for him to think about life after his playing career.
Seeing as he knows the club well – having been at Anfield for eight years – we see no reason why Milner can’t be given a place among Klopp’s staff.
Having said that, the £140,000-a-week man is in such good shape, that his playing career could easily last until he’s 40.
Whatever happens, Liverpool have a future manager in waiting, in our view.