You never know what you’re going to get with a Jurgen Klopp press conference.
Sometimes they’re hostile, other times they’re hilarious. Fortunately for reporters inside Villarreal’s press room yesterday, they got to see a funny Klopp presser.
But it wasn’t the Liverpool boss who was making everybody laugh. It was his translator.
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The poor chap got completely confused when Klopp gave a long-winded response to a question.
“I don’t even know where to start!” he quips. Check out the video below.
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Klopp vs. translator
The funniest part is when the translator, speaking in Spanish, starts reciting Klopp’s English words in… English. You suspect he just wanted to run out of the door in an instant.
Klopp tried to comfort him by saying, “that’s great,” but it really wasn’t.
The German’s Liverpool team take on Villarreal tonight in the first leg of their Europa League semi-final clash at the El Madrigal stadium.
He was in a relaxed mood as he discussed the importance of experience in his side’s attempt to reach next month’s final in Basel.
“When I came in October, Basel was not a real thing to think about but now it is not that far away so we could,” he said, per The Guardian.
“Experience is nothing to talk about, it is not to buy, it is not to talk about. It is only to collect and use. So we will see what happens.
“Each game you win, each difficult game you win, is the best thing you can do in your career and you can take the benefit from it. If you go out, it could be an important experience. If you go through, it could be experience but, if you use the experience in the wrong way, then it is bull****. I’m sorry.”
Villarreal are dangerous
Cedric Bakambu and Roberto Soldado have combined to score 30 goals this season but it’s not just Villarreal’s strike force that has Klopp concerned.
“They are unbelievably strong with really good balance,” the former Borussia Dortmund boss continued. “Really good structure in their game – good defending, very disciplined, good counterattacks. If you let them, they play football, they have everything you need to be a good team.
“We saw Villarreal maybe six times. To play against them is really special. They are really confident in the things they do. They defend in an organised way. They are patient enough to wait for your mistakes, then using these mistakes.
“We have to play the game Villarreal don’t like. That is what we have to do.”
Klopp will hope that the semi-final clash isn’t as stressful as the quarter-final one. Liverpool trailed Dortmund 3-1 on aggregate with 45 minutes remaining in the tie before staging an incredible comeback.