Jurgen Klopp finds himself at the center of a Twitter storm once more, as his recent comments regarding Mohamed Salah’s injury have stirred controversy among African football fans.
During the post-match interview after Liverpool‘s 1-1 draw against Fulham at Craven Cottage last night, Klopp expressed concerns about the treatment Salah might receive in Africa, leading to the decision to bring him back to Liverpool.
Klopp’s statement came in the wake of Salah’s muscle injury sustained in Egypt’s Africa Cup of Nations clash with Ghana.
The manager clarified that both Liverpool and Egypt share the common goal of seeing Salah back to full fitness.
Klopp emphasized that Salah’s return to Liverpool wasn’t about taking him away from Egypt but ensuring he receives the best medical treatment.
The comments have ignited a firestorm on African Twitter, with many fans expressing frustration and disappointment at Klopp’s seemingly dismissive remarks about the capabilities of medical facilities in Africa.
He called AFCON a small tournament, now he’s saying Salah can’t get proper treatment in AFRICA..— Ibukun Aluko (@IbkSports) January 24, 2024
Klopp’s 2021 description of AFCON as a “small tournament” adds fuel to the fire, leaving many to question the respect given to African football on the global stage.