LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Boxing Day, Saturday, December 26, 2015: Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp and Leicester City's Claudio Ranieri before the Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Jurgen Klopp relates Claudio Ranieri’s sacking to “strange decisions” like Brexit and Trump

Jurgen Klopp has described Leicester City‘s decision to sack Claudio Ranieri as “strange,” ahead of Liverpool’s clash at the King Power Stadium.

The Foxes parted ways with the 65-year-old on Thursday night, just nine months after he led the East Midlands side to an unprecedented Premier League title.

This came after a long spell of dismal form for Liverpool’s opponents on Monday night, but the decision was still met with derision and bemusement from around the footballing world.

And speaking ahead of the Reds’ trip to Leicester on Friday afternoon, Klopp took an unsurprisingly critical stance.

“I heard about it yesterday night. What can I say? Am I surprised that things like this can happen? No,” he said.

“It’s not only football, for me there’s a few strange decisions in 2016/17: Brexit, Trump, Ranieri.

“Do I have to understand it all the time? Obviously not. I have no idea why Leicester did this.

“Everybody could see the situation in the league, the situation in the Champions League.

“He’s a really special person, I have to say. He’s a really nice guy.

“I met him before, he visited me at Dortmund, we had a nice talk. A wonderful person.

“I don’t know enough, maybe you have to go to Leicester and ask why they did it.”

There is the potential for Leicester to be temporarily buoyed by Ranieri’s departure, which presents Liverpool with a tough task at the King Power next week.

But approaching the likelihood of facing a revived Foxes side, Klopp said this was what he was already anticipating prior to Ranieri’s dismissal.

“It doesn’t change a lot for us, not sure, we will see. We don’t know what we should expect,” he added.

“I told you already that Leicester, probably now, knows exactly what the problem is.

“We should always expect the best Leicester City. We saw the Champions League game [against Sevilla], the reaction after they scored.

“Two different games before and after they scored. They needed this goal to get confidence back.

“Fifteen minutes, complete different game. So we have to think about this side—and that’s difficult enough.”

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