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Jurgen Klopp targeted “wrong reporter” – with reason for outburst ‘revealed’

A highly-respected journalist has ‘revealed’ the reason for Jurgen Klopp‘s outburst at a reporter following Liverpool’s 3-0 defeat to Wolves on Saturday.

Much has been made of the Liverpool manager’s refusal to speak to a journalist who asked him about the team’s slow starts to matches this season.

“It’s really difficult to talk to you if I’m 100 percent honest,” Klopp interrupted.

“I would prefer not to do that. You know why, for all the things you wrote.

“If somebody else wants to ask that question then I’ll answer it.”

Klopp had answered questions from the reporter, James Pearce of the Athletic, in Friday’s press conference, so quite what changed in the 28 hours between is a mystery. It does, though, appear to be a case of mistaken identity on Klopp’s behalf.

According to the Times‘ Henry Winter, Klopp “was unhappy with some criticism” directed at Andreas Kornmayer, the club’s head of fitness and conditioning.

However, the journalist Klopp refused to speak to has not published anything criticising Kornmayer, with Winter calling the German’s response “ill-judged.”

There had been some suggestions that Klopp’s refusal dated back to an article he criticised for spreading “fake news” in October 2021.

But Winter’s information would suggest that the Liverpool boss was not happy about Kornmayer being highlighted as a troublesome individual among his coaching staff.

Kornmayer first joined Liverpool back in 2016 after more than 15 years with Bayern Munich, and works closely with Klopp and the players on a daily basis.