Liverpool boss Klopp says Man Utd protests were ‘not cool’

Date published: Friday 7th May 2021 1:10 - Joe Williams

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says that as soon as people were injured the Man Utd protests were “not right anymore”.

Manchester United will now play three Premier League matches in just five days after their postponed game against Liverpool was rearranged for next Thursday.

Sunday’s clash between the bitter rivals was called off due to Man Utd fans’ anti-Glazer protest, which saw some supporters get into Old Trafford and onto the pitch.


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That match has now been rearranged for May 13, which follows hot on the heels of the May 9 trip to Aston Villa and home match against third-placed Leicester on May 11.

A Greater Manchester Police spokesman said on Tuesday that six officers were injured as flares were let off and bottles thrown, with one sustaining a fractured eye socket and another a facial wound.

A man has been charged for his behaviour outside the Lowry Hotel and the force spokesman said the incident had been referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct to “ensure complete transparency and independence”.

Liverpool boss Klopp was frustrated that the match was called off and thinks the Man Utd protests went too far.

Klopp told reporters on Friday: “We were sitting the whole time. An hour before the team meeting they told me there were problems at Old Trafford. We did the meeting and after that we got told about the delays. We just had to sit around in the lobby. It was not cool.

“I heard some police were injured and these things should not happen. It was not completely peaceful and then it was not right anymore.

“Then we got told the game was postponed. We saw some pictures to see what was going on. Was I surprised to see it happen? No. I am a believer in democracy. I am happy for people to say their opinion, but I know this doesn’t happen often that no-one is hurt.”

On the rearranged fixture, Klopp added: “We were informed about the [re-arrangement] process, but we were not consulted. It’s not good for us, I would have preferred the game last week. It’s not cool but there’s nothing to complain about.”

 

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