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Monday 19 February 2018

WATCH: 'Brexit, Trump and now Ranieri' - Jurgen Klopp sums up a strange few months for the world

Jurgen Klopp and Claudio Ranieri
Jurgen Klopp and Claudio Ranieri
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has suggested Claudio Ranieri’s sacking at Leicester should not come as a big surprise after a few months that have seen the Brexit vote and Donald Trump’s election as US President.

Klopp found a novel way to sum up Ranieri’s sacking nine month after he guided Leicester to the most improbable Premier League title success in history, as he admitted we are living through a period of unpredictably in all areas of life.

“Am I surprised that things like this can happen? No,” asked Klopp ahead of his side’s game against Leicester on Monday.

“It’s not only football. A few strange decisions in 2016 and 2017…Brexit, Trump and Ranieri.

“What can I say? I’m not sure why Leicester have done this, but he is a really special game in this business. He is a really nice guy. Wonderful person, I have to say.

“I don’t know enough why they did it. You have to go to the Leicester press conference and ask them why they did this.”

Klopp went on to suggest he is expecting a revived Leicester to take on his side on Monday night, as they get used to life after Ranieri.

“We have to expect the best Leicester,” he continued. “Claudio Ranieri found the perfect clue for this team last year, how to lead them. Now I can’t say what has happened, but we know what they can do.

“We want to be strong, we want to be lively and we want to win the game. For this, we have to be at our best.

“The Leicester players will want to show a few things now and we have to stop them. If we play at our best, we are difficult to play against, whatever they do.”

Klopp has spent the last few days in a training camp with his players in Spain and he is hoping the trip will set them up for the final 13 games of the season that will decide whether this season will finish on a high.

“We have six or seven teams on a similar level and you have only four Champions League places and that is how it is,” he added.

“Everyone expects from these six teams that they will be champions. If not, they are in the Champions League places. It is interesting for everyone to watch, but we have our job to do here.”

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