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I am not a fan of the Liverpool Football Club. It’s not because I find the game of soccer boring (although I do), but they clog up my baseball Twitter timeline (You are not the #Reds!) and their fans constantly sing the worst song in the Rodgers and Hammerstein catalog.
But I am becoming a fan of their manager Jürgen Klopp. The 52-year old Klopp was holding his usual postgame presser after a loss to Chelsea Tuesday night when a member of media asked him about coronavirus:
What I don’t like in life is that a very serious thing, a football manager’s opinion is important. I don’t understand that. I really don’t understand it, if I asked you, you are in exactly the same role as I am.
So it’s not important what famous people say. We have to speak about things in the right manner, not people with no knowledge, like me, talking about something.
People with knowledge will talk about it and tell people to do this, do that, and everything will be fine, or not. Not football managers, I don’t understand that. Politics, coronavirus, why me? I wear a baseball cap and have a bad shave.
Then he said, “Now, go wash your hands and stop touching your face.” No. No, he didn’t. What he really said was, “I’m concerned like everyone else. I live on this planet and I want it to be safe and healthy, I wish everybody the best, absolutely. But my opinion on coronavirus is not important.”
He may not be the man I want to see in my timeline, but he’s the man many people need. Especially the press.Published in