Jurgen Klopp has attacked an Italian journalist for trying to ‘make headlines’ at his press conference ahead of the Champions League clash between Liverpool and Napoli.
The Merseysiders are in Naples to start their European Championship on Wednesday night, a venue they have visited three times in the last decade and each time have encountered fan trouble.
As a result, Liverpool released a list of safety advice for traveling fans to follow, including exiting designated areas, not wandering around the city alone and wearing the Liverpool colors around the city.
An Italian journalist appeared to take offense at the picture Liverpool had painted of Naples and asked Klopp if he agreed with the description.
But while the question was being translated, Klopp became visibly irritated and annoyed and lashed out at the journalist, calling his question “embarrassing”.
‘That’s an embarrassing question of yours. They want to make headlines, I really don’t understand that,” replied the German coach.
“Are you from Naples? Are you from Naples? Do you think it’s a dangerous city? I do not know. I don’t live a normal life in Napoli.
“I’m protected here, I go to the hotel and now you ask me what I think of Napoli.
“You know exactly what people are talking about, if some supporters meet some supporters, something can happen. This has nothing to do with the city.
“Well I don’t know, but I’m not here to make headlines for you.
“And if you don’t know what to ask anymore, that’s no problem because I’d honestly like to go to the hotel and just focus on the game tomorrow. And it looks like the question has left you at a loss as to what to ask.”
Klopp got up from his seat afterwards and ended the press conference but stayed to listen to the translation of his response and asked the translator to pass his response with “a bit of aggression” to adequately convey how upset he was.
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