Jurgen Klopp blasts Journalist as he storms out of press conference after annoying question
The Liverpool boss did not take kindly to a question that appeared to suggest Naples was an unsafe area for travelling Reds fans and left his press conference as a result
During his pre-match press conference before the Reds’ Champions League meeting against Napoli, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was angered by a question from a reporter.
To start their Champions League group stage campaign, Klopp’s team travelled to Naples to turn around their poor recent performance.
One reporter asked the Liverpool manager to address concerns about supporter safety in the city during the press conference.
Klopp did not take it kindly, firing back: “You want headlines! Do you think it’s a dangerous city? You know exactly what they are talking about. I am not here for your headlines.” The Reds manager then proceeded to walk out.
Although it was clear that the query had angered Klopp, his responses did not exactly correspond with those of the official Liverpool fan service account.
Representatives from it took to social media earlier the same day to write: “Information for supporters in Naples for tomorrow’s match: Supporters arriving in Naples before matchday should remain in their respective hotel to drink and eat. You are strongly advised not to wear team colours when travelling.”
The account then doubled down on their advice, adding: “Fans should not congregate in public areas and should avoid becoming isolated in areas away from the port area of the city.
“We strongly recommend you avoid the city centre. If you chose to visit, please beware that you may be targeted for theft, robbery, or assault.”
When talking about the match proper, Klopp acknowledged that Liverpool would be facing a team that frequently gave them a tough test whenever they faced each other.
We never won here but we quite frequently qualified for CL final after Napoli was with us in groups,” said the German.
“Maybe twice, once with Dortmund. I am a late bloomer, I need longer to achieve. We have to play better than 3 previous games.”