Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Klopp calls for entertaining football

15 January 2016, 17:16

London - Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has said he needs football to be "entertaining" bur refused to criticise the approach of Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal.

The two men will go head-to-head when the bitter north-west rivals meet at Anfield on Sunday, with the match portrayed in some quarters as a clash between German manager Klopp's high-octane game and the Dutchman's more pragmatic approach.

Van Gaal's tactics have angered United fans more used to the attacking football played by the Old Trafford club under its two most successful managers, Matt Busby and Alex Ferguson.

Also read: Ighalo wins Player of the Month award

And the fact United are currently sixth in the Premier League table, nine points behind leaders Arsenal, has not helped Van Gaal win over supporters.

Klopp, whose team are three points adrift of van Gaal's men, said Friday: "I am not too close with the news about Manchester United in the last week. The stories (going) around I am not interested in.

"Louis van Gaal is one of the most successful managers in the world. He has a special idea of football and as an opponent you have to respect this."

However, Klopp added: "I am a football fan and if I watch football I like to be entertained, it is one of the most important things in football.

"You can celebrate big victories together, you have to go through big defeats together, that is what football is.

"Between these two things you have to play football people want to talk about.

"I didn't like 3-3 too much against Arsenal (on Wednesday) but a lot of people liked it as there was a lot of action and goals and that is what football should be.

"It would not be the same game if people went into the stadium and thought only about tactics and thought 'This player has to move three yards left or four yards right'.

"Football is not the most complicated game in the world. I like football because of the moments you can enjoy.

"It is a different idea of football but I wouldn't say we had the better idea."

Meanwhile Klopp recalled a memorable meeting he had a few years ago with Ferguson who last month said the former Borussia Dortmund manager's arrival at Anfield worried him as it could mean that Liverpool would resume the dominance over United they enjoyed in the 1970s and 1980s.

"I had a few really good moments with Sir Alex and it was a big honour to talk to him," said Klopp.

"As a manager it is the best thing you can do, to sit there and listen, I needed 10 minutes to understand it all but maybe he is the greatest ever, the John Lennon of football or something.

"It was impressive to talk to him and from my side there is a big amount of respect because what he did in his life as a manager is not too easy to do again."



Read more from our Users

Nigeria @ 56: Words to my green f...

A leader’s job is not to dictate, but rather to be respected, admired and be a trustee, of the land we love, with so much potential, a land which should be freer than free. Its still a long way to fufilling our destiny! Read more...

Submitted by
Isaac Asabor263
Recession: An opportunity for Nig...

The recession should be seen as an opportunity for the country’s promotion as long as we all collectively conduct ourselves in a patriotic manner, writes Isaac Asabor.  Read more...

Submitted by
Black and White

We want to imitate the whites in everything because we are ignorant of our inherent originality and content. We spend all our Naira to acquire his inventions because we so oblivious of our natural endowments that we allow him have it for free. Read more...

Submitted by
Nate Nat
Adamawa State University Mubi: A ...

ADSU integrity forum has accused the Sunday Joshua Wugira, a lawyer, of adopting unorthodox tactics by abusing his privilege by attacking the integrity of ADSU Vice Chancellor Dr. Moses Zira Zaruwa, writes a News24 reader. Read more...

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
My Country Nigeria (Part One)

Poetry by Abdulsalam Jubril.

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
Recession, dearth in leadership a...

Every leader has the opportunity to become great and making himself immortal in the lives and hearts of people for generations to come. Will Mr. President seize this opportunity?, questions Abdulsalam Jubril. Read more...