“Ultimately I hope that the Premier League takes a little bit of a lesson from American sports and really starts to figure out why wouldn’t we do a tournament with the bottom four teams, why isn’t there an all-star game?” he said.
“People are talking about more money for the pyramid – MLB did their All-Star Game in LA this year, we made $200 million from a Monday and a Tuesday.
“You could do a north versus south all-star game for the Premier League to fund whatever the pyramid needed very easily.”
While there is virtue in his scheme – if, of course, it was designed with the benefit of the wider English football pyramid in mind – the logistics are much more problematic.
The problems are vast and varied, though, for Klopp, the biggest is simply where the game would fit into the calendar.
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“He doesn’t hesitate, eh? He doesn’t wait long!” he said when informed of Boehly’s comments during his post-Ajax press conference.
“Great, when he finds a date for that he can call me.
“He forgets in the big sports in America these players have four-month breaks, so they are quite happy that they can do a little bit of sport in these breaks.
“It’s completely different in football.
“What can I say? Does he want to bring the Harlem Globetrotters as well and make them play against a football team?
“I’m surprised by the question, so please don’t judge my answers too much. But maybe he can explain it to me at one point – and find a proper date.
“I’m not sure if people want to see that. Imagine that: United players, Liverpool players, Everton players all together in one team.
“It’s not the national team, it’s just north against south…interesting game!
That’s putting it lightly, Jurgen!