Former Wales international Jack Collison has given a touching testament to Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp following a post-match press conference on Monday.
There was a controversial moment before the Tuesday night 2-0 victory against RB Salzburg where the Red’s head coach corrected a German translator after he misquoted Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson.
Klopp, following Liverpool’s progression into the Champions League knockout stages, was quick to apologise the following day for reprimanding the translator in such a public setting.
This guy is just the best human 🙌🏼 https://t.co/LQkjQCHh6p
— Jack Collison (@jackcollison) December 12, 2019
With Liverpool looking to make it three consecutive Champions League finals in May, Klopp showcased a touch of class after he decided to credit UEFA’s translator with a public apology.
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“I’d like to apologise for yesterday”, Klopp said.
“I know that it was unfair. And even more, so that it happened in public.
“It was completely stupid. I didn’t like the way my answer was translated, but the way I addressed it was stupid. I should have done better and I’m sorry”.
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Klopp’s apology is another testament to the incredible character the German is. Even after guiding Liverpool into the last-16 of the Champions League the Reds boss is quick to dedicate a small period of his press conference to the translator.
Whether it’s on the pitch or off it, Klopp continues to be a class act. The former Borussia Dortmund was right to criticise the translator at that moment after it appeared he was misquoting Henderson to say the players were ‘taking the game lightly’ which clearly wasn’t the case.
However, despite this Klopp is quick to reflect and respond to his actions. He made an error and looked to rectify it. Any other manager could have looked to apologise behind the scenes but the Liverpool head coach has shown he is an open book and isn’t afraid to admit wrongdoing in the public eye.