Monday 21 May 2018

'Coleman should have called me' - Klopp

Jurgen Klopp
Jurgen Klopp Sportsdesk

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says he is surprised Wales manager Chris Coleman failed to consult him over the call-up of teenager Ben Woodburn.

Coleman selected the 17-year-old for the World Cup qualifiers, a decision which concerned Liverpool's staff.

The German coach seemed most perplexed about Coleman not calling him to chat about Woodburn's progress.

"Actually, I was surprised about this," said Klopp. "I don't know exactly how it's normal here. This should not be a criticism. But usually when you call up a player, a 17-year-old player, I thought it would be possible to call me. I'm not sure if he knows him well. He didn't play in the team so far for Coleman I think. Because of the age, it would be better?"

"He can deal with Wales 100pc. He has to learn, he has to develop, he has to improve. That's why I said there are now two managers responsible for him. Until now, it was only my job."

Liverpool winger Harry Wilson, 19, was also called up yesterday in place of Ipswich's Tom Lawrence.

Irish Independent

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