Daniel Sturridge scored Liverpool’s second goal in their 2-1 win over Bournemouth on Sunday, but Jurgen Klopp was frustrated when asked about the striker in his post-match press conference.
The German coach felt the journalist was placing too much emphasis on the striker’s performance, at a time when the entire team deserved credit.
Watch Klopp’s argument with the journalist by scrolling down this page.
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“Interesting!” Klopp replied, per the Liverpool Echo. “We have a football game and you want to talk about one player? That is not a role I like.
“He was very good. He's a brilliant player, but are you not interested in the game?”
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It was then put to Klopp that Sturridge had won the game, to which he responded: “No! That's how you understand the game, that one player can win a game?
“He scored a goal, but was it from a cross or not? We live on different planets, I think, if you think one player can win a game.
“This is a game, where we have 11 players in different positions. And you are interested in only one player?!
“Each player had influence today, so do you want to ask the same question of every player? I understand this as a team game. I enjoyed the game of Daniel Sturridge today, really. But to get a question like this, after a game like this, I don't really understand.”
Video: Klopp argues with journalist
Klopp: Sturridge is not 'undroppable'
Roberto Firmino scored the first goal at the Vitality Stadium, on the 41st minute, and Sturridge doubled the Reds’ advantage just before half-time.
Joshua King scored in the final minute of stoppage time in the second half but Klopp’s makeshift team held on for all three points.
Asked if Sturridge had made himself ‘undroppable’ after his eye-catching performance against the Cherries, Klopp said: “Nobody is undroppable. Undroppable.....this means I cannot leave them out, right?
“We have other players. Divock Origi is not in the worst shape, and I decide as the manager whether we play with one, two, three or four strikers!”
Liverpool hoping to win Europa League
Sunday afternoon’s win means Liverpool now sit eighth in the Premier League table, five points behind fifth-placed Manchester United who have played a game more.
While a top-four finish is almost certainly out of the question - fourth-placed Arsenal currently possess a nine-point lead over Liverpool - Klopp’s side will qualify for next season’s Champions League if they win the Europa League.
Following last Thursday’s dramatic victory over Borussia Dortmund, the Merseyside outfit are through to the last four, where they will take on Villarreal.
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