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Simon Jordan offers theory as Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp reveals he almost called talkSPORT to take Gabby Agbonlahor to task over Manchester United comments


Simon Jordan has given his own theory on why Jurgen Klopp was so keen to diminish Gabriel Agbonlahor’s comments ahead of his side’s clash with Manchester United.

Klopp is taking his side to Old Trafford on Monday night – a game you can watch live on talkSPORT.

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Liverpool boss Klopp says he was about to call talkSPORT

The Reds have taken two points from their two openers so far, drawing against Fulham and Crystal Palace.

Ahead of the battle with their foes, Klopp revealed in his press conference that he nearly phoned talkSPORT, to challenge Agbonlahor in United’s 4-0 thrashing at Brentford.

Agbonlahor, host of talkSPORT’s GameDay conference call with Jamie O’Hara as the Red Devils were sidelined, strongly criticized Erik ten Hag’s side and called them ‘amateurs’.

The Aston Villa legend said: “If I were in their shoes now after this game I’d be thinking, ‘You know what, Ten Hag, pack your bags’.

“He had pre-season and they started the season in shambles, they are like strangers on the pitch.”

And it turns out Klopp was listening.


United suffered one of their most embarrassing results in years against Brentford

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United suffered one of their most embarrassing results in years against Brentford

Asked about United being beaten by the Bees, Klopp said: “It was obviously not a great week for United after the Brentford game. We forget in those moments how good Brentford are. That [the reaction to it] was so bad.

“I went home, I watched the first half here [at the Liverpool training ground]went home and listened to talkSPORT.

“And Gabby… he lost to us 6-0 in my freshman year. I couldn’t remember him as a “mental freak” on the pitch.

“But what he said about United on that show, I was about to call him up and say, ‘You’ve completely forgotten you’ve ever been a player.

Klopp called out Agbonlahor after his United comments

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Klopp called out Agbonlahor after his United comments

“It was amazing. If the ex-players are already going like this, you can imagine how everything else goes.

Simon Jordan has since reacted to Klopp’s comments after the Reds boss’ press conference and believes there is a reason behind his remarks.

“First of all Liverpool are next playing Manchester United so they don’t want any more vitriol poured on Manchester United so they get a reaction from them,” he told talkSPORT.

“Secondly, I think he is getting into his territory by suggesting that it is inappropriate for players to talk about other players, former or current, in a way that is not in keeping with professional respect.

Jordan was unimpressed with Klopp's comments during his press conference

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Jordan was unimpressed with Klopp’s comments during his press conference

“It is absurd to suggest that anything that comes out of Gabriel Agbonlahor’s mouth is worth listening to.

“With a suggestion that somehow, because he played in the team that was beaten 6-0 by Liverpool once upon a time, Gabby as a player has a lot more insight than people who haven’t played the game.

“He can’t talk about what he saw because it’s sacrosanct in the BS world of football mythology who should talk and who shouldn’t talk.

“And how people should talk about each other, because he was once a player, it’s silly, because people who can give us insight, like what we think are the mental minnows who play for Manchester United – are people who actually got the job done.

“Jurgen Klopp advocates that Gabby Agbonlahor be careful with his P’s and Q’s, mainly because it offends Jurgen Klopp to hear what the players say. Because the people who shouldn’t say that are the people who know best. What?s know better so why can’t they talk about the things they see?

“Why does Jurgen Klopp have the right to advocate censorship? He may have an opinion about it, but what he’s doing is using the influence of a very powerful manager to exert downward pressure on the media and advocating for the media to only do their job the way today’s football world says you should do it.”

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