Full transcript of Jurgen Klopp and Des Kelly’s BT Sport interview


iverpool saw two goals disallowed and conceded a late penalty as Brighton snatched a 1-1 draw on Saturday.

But the drama did not end there as Jurgen Klopp and BT Sport’s Des Kelly clashed in the post-match interview when talking about injuries.

Klopp has been very vocal in his criticism of the schedule, telling BT Sport after the midweek loss at Atalanta: “You (BT Sport) my special friends ask us to go on Saturday at 12.30pm, which is nearly a crime to be honest. It has nothing to do with the game tonight but congratulations for that.

“My only interest in the moment is that I get a thumbs up, nobody injured, let’s recover immediately. We take it.”

Klopp watched on as James Milner hobbled off at the Amex Stadium, and made his thoughts clear after the game.

Here’s the full transcript of Klopp’s BT Sport interview with Kelly…

Kelly: “James Milner, hamstring is it?”

Klopp: “Yeah, congratulations.”

Klopp: “No, but you work for them yeah? Hamstring. Surprise. And they had injuries as well because it’s a tough time.”

Klopp: “Maybe ask Chris Wilder about it. [BT] picked the 12.30 kick-off. You did it!”

Kelly: “Maybe you’re firing at the wrong target, we are broadcasters, we work within Premier League rules, and Premier League makes the rules, that’s the Premier League clubs, so shouldn’t you be talking to Premier League clubs?”

Klopp: “I don’t know how often I have to say it, you pick us for 12:30 kick-offs.”

Kelly: “The Premier League clubs chose that slot.”

Klopp: “These are difficult times.”

Kelly: “Of course it’s difficult and the broadcasters are supporting the game.”

Klopp: “I’m not having a go at the broadcasters, I just say how it is. 12:30 after Wednesday is really dangerous for the Premier League players.”

Kelly: “If it’s about Premier Leagueayer welfare why did the Premier League clubs block five subs?”

Klopp: “Because, when we had the talk between the managers a week ago, it was 55%, if not 60%, for five subs. But since then nothing happened.

“Chris Wilder or whoever, constantly say I’m selfish. I think all the things show that he’s selfish but that’s not too important. I was in a similar situation as he is when I worked at Mainz – all about staying in the league.

“If we have 5 subs today I take off Robbo for Kostas to save him. It’s not for tactics, it’s to save the players. It’s for all players. You will it from now on til December. We will see.”

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