JURGEN KLOPP could face a backlash from Liverpool’s players over his hard-line stance on internationals.
Simon Jordan told TalkSport he fears Klopp risks the wrath of his very own Anfield stars after the German insisted he will not let players depart for international duty if they have to quarantine upon their return to the UK.
Jurgen Klopp faces a backlash from his players due to his stance on the upcoming international breakCredit: AP:Associated Press
And Jordan, who actually supports Klopp’s point of view, believes Premier League chiefs must enforce the decision to take the pressure off the tactician and other bosses with similar concerns.
Other first-teamers including Portuguese ace Diogo Jota, Senegal winger Sadio Mane and Guinea midfielder Naby Keita are in the same boat.
And Fifa has told clubs they will be allowed to prevent players from going abroad if they wish to.
Klopp made it abundantly clear he would be taking advantage of Fifa’s latest ruling.
But Jordan reckons the league winner could upset players desperate to represent their country in the next break.
And he believes the Prem must take an official stance to help managers enforce their decisions, telling TalkSport: “I think Klopp is right.
“The challenge for people like Jurgen Klopp will have, is he and the club will be put into a position by the very people he’s asking to honour their obligations to play for their clubs where they will turn around and say to him, ‘but I want to play for my country’.
“So he’ll be put in an invidious position by the players themselves.
“He’ll be saying, ‘we must remember who pays these players, you can’t please all the people all the time’.
“Well, Jurgen, you weren’t running those arguments earlier in the season when you wanted this and that, five substitutions etc – you can’t please all the people all the time Jurgen, expect when you want to be pleased!
“But in this instance he’s absolutely right, it needs to be taken away from the clubs, it needs the Premier League to say en masse ‘this is the decision’, it’s not Jurgen Klopp or John Henry or whatever is the chief executive of Liverpool saying to a player, ‘you can’t go’ and creating a situation where that player feel aggrieved.
“It has to be a rule from the people at the top, otherwise guaranteed you’ll have players letting a manager down by saying ‘I want to play for my country, it means a lot to play for my country’.
“No, no, no, your obligation is to us, we are your paymasters.
“So he is absolutely right, this is a situation now where the international federations are being unrealistic and potentially unreasonable.”