Jurgen Klopp has given his reaction to calls from Chelsea owner Todd Boehly for a Premier League All-Star game. No, he’s not a fan.
Chelsea owner Todd Boehly got some attention this week as he suggested that the Premier League should have an All-Star game. North vs South could happen, he says, and the fact it doesn’t happen means people are leaving money on the table.
Naturally, the idea was mentioned to Jurgen Klopp in his post-match press conference last night. The Liverpool boss always has some thoughts on the idea of extra football. He reacted to this idea exactly how you’d expect.
“He doesn’t wait long,” Klopp said, per ESPN. “Great. When he finds a date for that, he can call me. He forgets that in the big sports in America, these players have four-month breaks.
“It is completely different in football. What can I say? Does he want to bring the Harlem Globetrotters as well and let them play against a football team?
“I am surprised by the question so please don’t judge my answer too much. But maybe he can explain it to me at some point and find a proper date.
“Not sure people want to see that. Imagine that: [Manchester] United players, Liverpool players, Everton players altogether in one team. It is not a national team. North against south. That means north east [too], Newcastle… interesting game. And all the London guys together, Arsenal, Tottenham, great. Did he really say it? Interesting.”
Klopp rejects calls for Premier League All-Star game
Klopp has done a wonderful job there of covering the biggest reasons for why this is a terrible idea. There’s too much football on the calendar as it is, while fans won’t really want to see their stars team up with local rivals.
The entire idea is just nonsense and Boehly makes this suggestion as All-Star games become increasingly more pointless in America. No one takes them seriously anymore and the games aren’t even competitive – they’re just shiny friendlies.
Would the Premier League find a way to milk the money out of it? Absolutely. But we can’t see anyone who would see this as a positive idea outside those who make that money.