Klopp the ‘innocent’ media present has worked ‘miracles’; Man Utd bid £12.5m above asking price

Klopp the 'innocent' media present has worked 'miracles'; Man Utd bid £12.5m above asking price

Klopp’s Mediawatch home is the presence of ‘innocent’ media working ‘miracles’; Man Utd bid £12.5m above asking price

Date published: Wednesday, August 24, 2022 10:28 – Editor F365

Liverpool’s biggest cheerleader has launched a strong defense of media-friendly Jurgen Klopp, while Man United bid for a chance.

Innocent before proven guilty

There’s a level of sycophancy we’ve come to expect from the Daily Mirror’s Northern football correspondent when discussing all things Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool.

This is the man, after all, who thinks Darwin Nunez was sent off against Crystal Palace for the sin of turning around too quickly.

And it wasn’t that long ago that David Maddock seemed to lose to Atletico Madrid in the Champions League personally.

So of course he described the coach in the 16th as an ‘intelligent man’ and a ‘student of management’, whose press conference before the defeat to Manchester United was ‘excellent, his humor shone through, and his engagement with the media audience was impressive’.

He went on to describe Klopp as ‘smart’, ‘clever’ and ‘regarded’ in what seems like a rare case of the kind of argument that turns people around: why would anyone really suggest otherwise? Why should these qualities be emphasized so much in regards to Premier League and Champions League managers?

But bloody hell, this paragraph in particular:

‘The Liverpool manager can be almost innocent when speaking to the media – either ‘talking’ with emotion after his resignation, or joking with a seemingly unguarded, relaxed manner.’

Ask Des Kelly or pretty much anyone who doesn’t set Klopp up for a knock with a direct question as to why he ‘can be almost innocent when speaking to the media’. You may be surprised by the answer.

Small world

Also buried in the Daily Mirror article is this line:

‘Liverpool have 70 per cent at Old Trafford. Think about it. Manchester United play like a small club, in terms of style and possession, but with quality players hurt on the break.’

One man we ‘play like a small club’ another we ‘play like a wise club to win’.

Where are you from, are you sexy?

Oh and suggesting Liverpool qualify for the Champions League in 2020/21 despite injury problems in defense is ‘far from a miracle’.

They are four points off fourth place with 10 games remaining after losing to Fulham in March. They beat Wolves (13th), Arsenal (8th), Aston Villa (11th), Southampton (15th), Manchester United (2nd), West Brom (19th), Burnley ( -17) and Crystal Palace (14th), while drawing with Leeds. (9) and Newcastle (12), to finish third.

Picking up 26 points from 30 during a run that pits them against seven sides that finished in the bottom half and only one higher than eighth hardly turns water into sodding wine, whether they have Virgil van Dijk or not.

Remember the name

Liverpool and Klopp aren’t exactly focused on any title race, but ‘Manchester City may be looking over their shoulder’ at Tottenham. Darren Lewis of the Daily Mirror said so.

‘Three games, two wins and a draw so far. Spurs dropped their meeting with Wolves 3-2 under Antonio Conte last season after twice leading, remember?’

Actually no, Mediawatch doesn’t remember much. There are faint memories of Wolves beating Tottenham 2-0 away in February after Spurs beat them 1-0 at Molineux in August, but a 3-2 defeat for Conte’s side after a double lead? Not.

It turns out that Spurs actually gave up a meeting with Wolves 3-2 under Jose Mourinho in March 2020 after twice leading. Remember?

Live it Lage

But this is not a coincidence, a throwaway error, as seen in the next few paragraphs:

‘But Wolves dominated large parts of the game as Tottenham struggled to create in the first half. They just can’t score – like last season. Conte still has work to do to prevent the team from overpowering him in that regard. Conte’s seven starters in that March 1 defeat against Bruno Lage’s side have either gone or are out of the picture. Conte’s brutal summer surgery has increased the level of quality, depth and hope.’

‘Conte’s seven starters in the March 1 defeat against Bruno Lage’ are actually Mourinho’s seven starters in the March 1 defeat two and a half years ago against Nuno Espirito Santo’s side.

It’s actually been a long time since the actual coach of Wolves that day has been managed and sacked by Tottenham.

The Portuguese even carried out a series of ‘brutal summer surgeries’ which were supposedly all overseen by Conte, letting Paulo Gazzaniga and Serge Aurier leave in the last 12 months.

stump duty

Who have Chelsea signed this summer?

Who have Chelsea signed this summer?

‘Manchester United will have to spend £67. On the same subject : The Jaguars return to Wembley Stadium to face the Broncos in Week 8.5million to secure the services of Ajax striker Antony this summer’ – Simon Jones, Daily Mail, 18 August.

‘Manchester United are expected to make an increased bid of around £80million for Ajax striker Antony’ – Simon Jones, Daily Mail, 24 August.

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