Jurgen Klopp interrupted Adam Lallana’s press conference to tease him about Tottenham links before the winger revealed that they are such close neighbours that they can exchange waves at bath-time.
Lallana was mid-sentence in his Europa League final press conference when Klopp burst in for this exchange – as transcribed by the Liverpool Echo:
“What are you doing here?” Klopp asked.
“Speaking about you!” Lallana said.
“Ask him if he knows when Spurs start pre-season training?” Klopp joked in a reference to recent speculation linking the England international with a summer move to White Hart Lane.
“Too late, we have already spoken about that,” Lallana responded.
“I asked him and he said July 1,” Klopp said before descending into laughter.
“I thought you were being serious,” Lallana insisted.
“Are you crazy!” Klopp added before heading back out the door.
Lallana and Klopp are neighbours in Formby and the England man – named in Roy Hodgson’s 26-man squad on Monday – said: “It is nice actually. He has just got a nice family, nice kids and I see him walking the dogs.
“My little boy (Arthur) when I take him up for a bath, we have the landing and one time he (Klopp) was taking out the bins so I put my lad on the balcony and he was shouting: ‘Klopp’ and giving it the fist pump celebration.
“He just looked at him and gave him a wave. It is funny. Brendan (Rodgers) was my neighbour before. Formby is renowned for players living there. It is a lovely area and very quiet.”