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Jurgen Klopp got his response to question about Aaron Lennon's illness spot on

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Football has been rallying around Aaron Lennon after it emerged he is receiving treatment for a "stress-related illness".

As reported by BBC Sport earlier this week, the Everton winger was found by the side of a road where police detained him under the Mental Health Act.

The 30-year-old hasn't featured for the Toffees since February, and everyone in the game will hope he now gets the help he needs.

Lennon's case has inevitably brought the spotlight onto mental health issues in football.

Many fans took exception to the Daily Mail's coverage of the incident after the newspaper chose to focus on his wages and some of his past misdemeanours.

It should go without saying that how much a footballer earns doesn't make them immune to illnesses, and any previous mistakes he may have made are completely irrelevant.

There was also debate over the use of the word 'detained' in cases like this because it suggests wrongdoing.

Generally, though, the reaction to the news has been heartwarming.

Football reaches out to Lennon 

The England international's former manager Mauricio Pochettino used his press conference ahead of Spurs' trip to West Ham to "send all our wishes that he recovers soon, him and his family."

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In fact, several Premier League managers have spoken about the situation as it is ultimately one that resonates deeply with everyone in football.

However, Jurgen Klopp made a very good point to reporters when he was asked what he made of it all.

The Liverpool boss insisted that while it is important for people to be aware of issues, Lennon and his family deserve privacy.

"Whatever I could say about it doesn't help, it is only another headline," he said.

"What I really think is, keep all these kind of issues as private as possible. Give the people the privacy they need - stop talking about it, stop asking about it.

"If it is not a football player the only advantage is that no one asks about it, so it is easy to come back when you feel better.

"In football or in the public eye everyone is interested and I don't like it. It is like watching a car accident - instead of helping you only watch or take your smartphone out, and I really hate it."

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