TNT Sports troll Jurgen Klopp after Liverpool boss’ rant about channel | Football | Sport


TNT Sports have mocked Jurgen Klopp after the Liverpool boss joked that their scheduling of Premier League matches was worthy of investigation by human rights organisation Amnesty International. Klopp has been outspoken in his criticism of playing in the 12:30PM slot on a Saturday just days after a midweek fixture.

The German, who will step down at the end of the season, said on Friday that he will unsubscribe from TNT Sports. He then quipped that he would snub the broadcaster, which used to be BT Sport, if they asked him to do punditry work.

Klopp said: “I had a discussion only the other day with colleagues from our favourite TV channel which I will definitely not watch again, TNT, and said it’s always a conversation they have, saying they pay you, they give money to football.

“It’s not like that. I really don’t see it like that. It’s exactly the other way round. Football pays them.”

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Arguing that there is a correlation between gruelling Premier League schedules and the lack of an English team in the Champions League semi-finals, he added: “This morning I got sent the stats of the [quickest] turnaround in the whole world. And we sit [top].

“I tell you, ‘You have to do more, you have to fight more, and you have to go for it.’ In a whole world, we have the quickest turnaround between games. That is absolutely insane. But they are still happy and they like subscribers. You can take me off that list! If you’re looking for a pundit [shaking his head].”

TNT have now risked further fury from Klopp after mocking up a joke job application for a punditry role. The image shows Klopp sitting at a computer with a list of requirements for the job, including ‘Champions League winner’, ‘Premier League winner’, ‘multilingual’, and ‘willing to work 12:30PM on Saturdays’.

Only the latter requirement was not ticked.

According to the BBC, 13.6 per cent of Liverpool’s Premier League fixtures since Klopp’s appointment in October 2015 have kicked off at 12:30PM on a Saturday. It is the highest percentage of any top-flight team in the time since.

That is despite Liverpool frequently reaching the latter stages of the Champions League for most of Klopp’s tenure, with European matches taking place in midweek. The Reds were knocked out of the Europa League by Atalanta in the quarter-finals this season.

Liverpool appear to have run out of steam in their Premier League title chase. They face Tottenham on Sunday hoping for a first win in three matches. Klopp’s side are five points off Arsenal and four away from Manchester City, who have a game in hand.

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