Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was insensitive in telling fans to “calm down” in the aftermath of the European Super League plot.
That is according to ex-Premier League goalkeeper Paddy Kenny, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after the 53-year-old made his stance known prior to Liverpool’s 1-1 draw with Newcastle on Saturday.
Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker later told Klopp via Twitter that his comments were “spectacularly tone-deaf.”
"You all have to calm down. It's winding people up."
"Nobody wanted it. Definitely. But now let's deal with it."
A passionate Jurgen Klopp on dealing with, and moving forward from the European Super League fallout.
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) April 24, 2021
It has been a tumultuous fortnight for Klopp after Liverpool owners FSG announced plans to form the now-scrapped breakaway competition.
Like Lineker, Kenny was unimpressed with the Liverpool boss’s rhetoric and claimed his poorly-timed comments were “ridiculous.”
He told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams: “It’s a little bit ridiculous telling fans to calm down about something so serious, to be honest.
“I don’t agree with what he has said at all. But it has been tough on him because he hasn’t been consulted, just like the fans haven’t.
“I don’t know what they expected, the owners.
“This is Klopp’s frustration showing. He’s had a tough time this season.”
Klopp is into his sixth campaign as Liverpool manager and is an enormously popular figure at Anfield.
He led the club to a first Premier League title in 30 years in that time, as well as a sixth Champions League.