Jurgen Klopp was unhappy with the Liverpool Echo after their recent headline in the wake of the 2-0 League Cup defeat at Leicester.
The Merseyside local paper and journalist James Pearce bore the brunt of the German’s frustration at Thursday’s press conference after their loss in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday.
“I’m sick of this,” said Klopp after the Leicester defeat, with Pearce’s online verdict adding: “Join the club.”
While the headline in the paper copy, read: “Join the club Jurgen, we’re all sick of this.”
Klopp though thought it was a cheap shot, and took exception yesterday, labelling it “populistic”.
“I saw what you wrote ‘We are also sick of it’,” said Klopp. “That’s populistic. Absolutely. I was in the petrol station when I saw it.
“I stood there and thought ‘Oh, that’s a nice cross from me, he thought from a six-yard distance, come on throw it in and get a thumbs up from everyone.’ If you cannot cool it, how can I? I don’t talk to the people.”
Klopp has tried to play down Liverpool’s slow start to the season. They have kept just two clean sheets in nine games and are already five points off the pace in the Premier League.
“Everywhere it’s the same but here a little bit more (in terms of expectation),” Klopp said.
“Obviously it’s difficult in this place not to be No 1, even though they were not No 1 in the last 25 years.”