Jurgen Klopp earned plaudits in Liverpool on Saturday when he refused to answer a question from The Sun.
Reporter Antony Kastrinakis asked the German a question following Liverpool’s impressive 4-0 win over Barcelona at Wembley Stadium.
But the journalist was shot down in remarkable fashion, Klopp making it clear that he had no intention of speaking with Kastrinakis.
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“I don’t talk with The Sun anymore,” Klopp said.
“You can listen. It’s because of a few things that will happen in the next few days.”
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Klopp turns down The Sun
It was first thought that Klopp was protesting against The Sun’s coverage of the Hillsborough disaster in 1989, which will never be forgotten, or forgiven, by Liverpool residents.
However, the 49-year-old’s ire came from a story the newspaper published about Dejan Lovren’s personal life.
The tabloid claimed that the Liverpool defender’s wife, Anita, cheated on Lovren with a former partner. Such intrusive reporting didn’t sit well with Klopp.
“I think that in life – no matter how much of a public figure the person is – there are things which should remain private,” Klopp told German media, per the Liverpool Echo.
“Sometimes things must have consequences.
“I thought to myself, there are eight million newspapers, so what if I don’t speak to some.”
Lovren's performances were affected
The Sun claim that Anita’s affair hurt Lovren’s pride, and also affected his performances on the pitch. Though Liverpool fans were ready to label Lovren a flop in the months following his £20 million move from Southampton in 2014, his performances last season - especially in the second half - were much improved.
That his personal life has been brought into the public eye is a shame for the defender, and comes at a bad time. Liverpool kick off their Premier League season on Sunday with a trip to the Emirates, and Lovren isn’t assured of a place in the starting line-up.
He’s likely to start against Arsenal, but that’s only due to Joel Matip’s rustiness as he recovers from injury, while Mamadou Sakho would likely play if not for an injury.
With everyone healthy, there’s no guarantee that Lovren will be a regular in Klopp’s preferred XI.