Jurgen Klopp seemed puzzled by Chelsea owner Todd Boehly’s idea of a Premier League All-Star game between North and South, wondering if anyone would like to see when it would happen and if the Harlem Globetrotters could also be involved .
Speaking at a business conference on Tuesday, the Blues co-owner and chairman said he hoped the Premier League would take some ideas from American sport.
He proposed a Premier League North-South All-Star game, similar to that in MLB, NFL and NBA, to raise money for the EFL pyramid.
“Ultimately, I hope the Premier League learns a little bit from American sport,” Boehly said at the SALT conference. “And I’m really starting to figure out why don’t we have a tournament with the bottom four sports teams, why isn’t there an all-star game?
“People are talking about more money for the pyramid, in the MLB All-Star game we made $200 million on a Monday and a Tuesday this year.
“So we think we could do a North vs South Premier League All Star game for everything the pyramid needs quite simply.”
The idea came to Klopp after Liverpool beat Ajax in the Champions League on Tuesday night and he was surprised to hear it, especially from someone who has only been involved in English football for a short time.
“He doesn’t hesitate, he doesn’t wait long!” said Klopp at a press conference.
‘Big. If he finds an appointment for this, he can call me. He forgets that the major sports in America have four-month breaks, so they’re pretty lucky to get a little exercise during those breaks. It’s completely different in football.
“Does he also want to bring the Harlem Globetrotters and let them play a football team?
“I’m surprised by the question, so please don’t judge my answers too much, but maybe someday he’ll be able to explain.”
Date and organization aside, Klopp is also unsure if rival teams would be interested in working together for the company.
“I’m not sure if people want to see that,” said the German. ‘Imagine, [Manchester] United, Liverpool, Everton, Newcastle all play in a team that is not the national team, just a north team. Interesting game.
‘All Londoners together. Arsenal, Tottenham. Big. Did he really say it? Interesting.’
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