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Monday 18 December 2017

Klopp: Sacking is like Brexit and Trump

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp. Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp. Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images

Jurgen Klopp has compared the sacking of Premier League-winning manager Claudio Ranieri to Brexit and Donald Trump's election as US president.

The Italian was shown the door at Leicester only nine months after masterminding one of sport's greatest stories and his departure has been met with shock and sadness.

Leicester play their first match without Ranieri against Liverpool on Monday.

Reds boss Klopp said: "What can I say? Am I surprised that things like this can happen? No. It is not only football.

"For me there have been a few strange decisions in 16/17: Brexit, Trump, Ranieri. Do I have to understand it all the time? Obviously not. I have no idea why Leicester did this.

"He is a really special person in this business, a really nice guy. I met him before when he visited me at Dortmund and we had a nice talk. He is a wonderful person."

Antonio Conte, a good friend of Ranieri and one of his successors as manager of Chelsea, expressed his disappointment at the decision and will offer his countryman support.

Conte said: "I'm very, very sad, because this is our job and for sure I'm disappointed for him. First, he's a friend. He's a really good man. And he's a really good manager. He reached a dream to win the title.

"I understand his frustration. For sure I'll call him. It's natural after this type of situation to talk and to show him also my disappointment for this decision."

Gary Lineker has revealed Leicester's "inexplicable" decision reduced him to tears.

Foxes fan and former player Lineker said on Radio 4: "For me I shed a tear last night. I shed a tear for Claudio, I shed for football and I shed a tear for my club.

"I just think it's inexplicable to me and to a lot of football fans who love the game, but I suppose in some ways you can explain it in terms of a panic decision. And for me a wrong decision and it's very sad."

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