Saturday 16 December 2017

Alan Shearer questions Jurgen Klopp's appearance on Monday Night Soccer

Jurgen Klopp joined Jamie Carragher on Sky Sports' coverage. CREDIT: SKY SPORTS
Jurgen Klopp joined Jamie Carragher on Sky Sports' coverage. CREDIT: SKY SPORTS
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Alan Shearer has joined Ronnie Whelan in questioning the merits of Jurgen Klopp’s appearance on Sky’s Monday Night Football show, even though the Liverpool manager has won rave reviews for his one-hour appearance.

Klopp offered fascinating insight into his football philosophy, his defensive tactics and reflected on his rise in the game following what he described as a “very average” playing career.

The German cemented his reputation as one of the most charismatic figures in the game with his appearance on Monday night, but BBC Match of the Day pundit Shearer was confused by his decision to do the show.

Shearer’s tweet backed up these words from Liverpool legend Ronnie Whelan, who offered up these words in an article that appeared on on Monday.

“I’m not sure we need more Jurgen Klopp and he only has to look at his predecessor’s time at Anfield for a lesson in what over-exposure can do to a manager,” said the Ireland great.

“Brendan Rodgers became a parody of himself towards the end of his spell at Anfield, simply because he didn’t seem to know when to say nothing.

“Every time he turned up in front of a camera, his words became more flaky, but he made himself available when he would have been better served hunkering down.”

Klopp defended his decision to appear on the Sky show, as he insisted he was ready to embrace the role of television in the modern game, while offering this advice to those who step out of the game’s frontline on the pitch or the touchline to become pundits.

“I have no problem with this. I’m here for the first time and I see you’re already working on it. I only don’t like when people don’t think before they speak,” said Klopp.

“I’m far away from being the ‘wise person’ in football, so I listen to a lot of people. As long as you are really involved mentally, that you really care about what happens, then it’s all good.

“If you only sit back and say ‘they should have done more, they should have done better, why didn’t they score this goal?’ Then I have no time to listen because that’s a waste of time for me.”

As Mr Klopp seems keen to promote soccer punditry that is loaded with powerful opinion, it is safe to assume he is a big admirer of the media style offered up by the Irish duo of Roy Keane and Eamon Dunphy…with Shearer’s bland efforts on the BBC Sport sofa likely to be a turn-off for the Liverpool boss.

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