Fans on social media are laughing at Jurgen Klopp after the Liverpool manager complained about Napoli supporters setting off fireworks outside his team's hotel on Tuesday night.
Speaking ahead of his side's Champions League clash against the Serie A club, the German said: "With Napoli, the team changes but the people don't. We felt it last night at the hotel, there were fireworks again. They don't let you forget what you are here for."
While the complaint might be justified, Klopp's proclivity to look for mad excuses anywhere and everywhere has come back to bite him, with unsympathetic rivals fans sticking the knife in online.
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"Klopp sneaking in an excuse already I see, fireworks this time," one supporter tweeted.
"Klopp getting the excuses in early I see, saying there was fireworks at the hotel last night hahahaha," wrote another, while a third said: "Who had fireworks in the Klopp excuse sweepstake?"
A fourth, however, defended the pearly-whited German, writing: "It's a fair enough thing to complain about, Klopp not making an excuse, just reporting facts."
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Liverpool fans have used the same tactics in the past, rocking up outside their opponents' hotel the night before a big game and setting off a cacophony of fireworks. They did it ahead of their epic Champions League comeback victory over Barcelona in 2019, and against Chelsea ahead of their must-win Premier League clash in 2014 – the infamous Gerrard slip match – demonstrating that sometimes, the tactic doesn't work.
Klopp's excuses meanwhile have been labelled both bonkers and legendary in recent years. This season alone he's pointed the finger at Fulham's dry pitch and the presence of a witch at the club's training ground, while previous excuses include the wind, Alisson's cold feet, and the placebo effect.
Oh whatever next, Jurgen?
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