Klopp slams 'waste of time' press conference after Harry Kane question

Jurgen Klopp derided his pre-match Champions League press conference as "a waste of time" after being asked a series of questions unrelated to Liverpool's meeting with Spartak Moscow.

Klopp slams 'waste of time' press conference after Harry Kane question

Klopp slams 'waste of time' press conference after Harry Kane question

Both Liverpool and Spartak drew their opening game in Group E and face each other in Moscow on Tuesday, but Klopp was left bemused as reporters in Russia repeatedly failed to discuss the game.

Liverpool 8/13 to win in Moscow

The questions ranged from a specific query on his analysis of a goal Spartak had conceded in a previous match to whether the Liverpool boss loves his players after Mauricio Pochettino professed his adoration for Tottenham's Harry Kane.

Raising his eyebrows at the latter question, Klopp responded: "I am really impressed that we are at a Champions League press conference talking about things like this.

"I really don't understand the business anymore."

There had been confusion involving the translator throughout proceedings, spiking when Klopp eventually answered: "I love Harry, too."

He clarified: "Actually, that's not important for Russia. It's just an English thing. Pochettino loves Kane - and who do I love? That's the question. It's a waste of time."

Klopp had at least been able to discuss the merits of facing a Spartak side who are likely to be missing star man Quincy Promes, comparing the situation to Liverpool's recent slump in the absence of Sadio Mane.

"[Promes] didn't play in the last game because he was injured, but Quincy is a very good player," he said. "He has speed, he is good in one-on-one situations.

I told Rafa that Barry couldn’t replace Alonso at Liverpool – Gerrard
| 'Those things happen' - Ederson wishes Mane well after recovering from horror tackle
| Spartak Moscow vs Liverpool: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & match preview
| Promes a doubt for Spartak's Liverpool clash

"Of course that's a weakness for each team - it is like we played the last three games without Sadio Mane, also a very good player.

"He is not the only good player in the Spartak team, but he is a very good one. It always affects performances, but we will not win because one player is out or Spartak will not win because one player is in."

Back To Top