A report earlier this week disclosed that just seven Premier League clubs boast a vaccination rate of over 50 per cent across their squads, which Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has taken issue with
Jurgen Klopp says rejecting a Covid-19 vaccine is the same as drink-driving.
A new Government exemption means Premier League stars returning from red-listed countries during the upcoming international break can still train and play games while quarantining providing they have received two doses of vaccine.
That requirement won’t create any issues for Liverpool, with Klopp explaining: “We have 99 per cent vaccinated. I didn’t have to convince the players, it was more a natural decision from the team.
“I cannot remember really talking to a player in a one-on-one situation and explaining to him why he should because I am not a doctor.”
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Liverpool appear to be in the minority, with a report earlier this week revealing that just seven top-flight clubs boast a vaccination rate of over 50 per cent across their squads.
Klopp finds that statistic difficult to understand, and talked up the importance of accepting a vaccine in order to protect others.
He also rejected suggestions that personal freedoms are being impinged upon by the push for more people to receive the jab.
He added: “I explained it for myself as like drink driving.
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“We all probably were in a situation where we had a beer or two and thought we still could drive but, [because of] the law, we are not allowed to drive anywhere so we don’t drive.
“But this law is not there for protecting me when I drink two beers and want to drive, it’s for protecting all the other people because I’m drunk or pissed and we accept that as a law.
“It is, for me, exactly the same; I don’t take the vaccination only to protect me, I take the vaccination to protect all the people around me.
“I don’t understand why that is a limitation of freedom because, if it is, then not being allowed to drink and drive is a limitation of freedom as well.
“I got the vaccination because I was concerned about myself but even more so about everybody around me.
“If I get [Covid] and I suffer off it, my fault, if I get it and spread it to someone else, my fault and not their fault.”