Putting the boot in to Boris: World leaders should be the ‘best people’ not those ‘with the weirdest haircut’ says Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp
- The German said the rise of right-wing leaders is a ‘bad sign for the whole world’
- Klopp admitted it is ‘not an easy job’ but we should elect ‘best possible people’
- He has not been shy to air his politics and criticised government over Covid
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has taken aim at Boris Johnson saying world leaders should not be elected because they have the ‘weirdest haircut’.
The German, who has led the Reds to a Premier League and Champions League title, said the rise of Johnson and Donald Trump was a ‘bad sign for the whole world’.
The 54-year-old made the political intervention on Gabby Logan’s Mid-Point podcast, saying: ‘Why do we let people like Farage and Johnson lead any kind of group of people in any direction?
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has taken aim at Boris Johnson saying world leaders should not be elected because they have the ‘weirdest haircut’
‘Obviously people with common sense are not needed or used at least in this town.
‘They should be but that’s the problem, the people we vote for or the whole system that gives us opportunity to vote for these kinds of people.’
Klopp has not been shy to voice his political opinions and has previously criticised the government for their handling of Covid.
He added: ‘I have to say at the last two elections, first with Donald Trump and Boris Johnson, that’s really a bad sign for the whole world that this can happen because everybody knew beforehand that it will not work but we still let it happen as a society and I cannot believe that.
‘One is now gone and the other one struggles still. It’s incredible. It’s not a nice job as well, I have to say.
The German, who has led the Reds to a Premier League and Champions League title, said the rise of Johnson and Donald Trump is a ‘bad sign for the whole world’
‘That’s probably why not a lot of people fancy it because it’s pretty intense and when you have a few days holiday everybody says “well you should solve that now”. It’s not an easy job to do.
‘But that’s why we have to find a system where we can bring people in the position to solve all our problems [who] are the best possible people and not the most funny or the weirdest haircut or whatever.
‘You can make a mistake but you have to learn off it and hopefully we [can] learn.
‘There are people out there definitely, we just have to give them a platform.’
The outspoken manager has previously waded into political debates, praising Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford last year for his free school meals campaign as he took a swipe at the government.
The Liverpool gaffer took aim at Nigel Farage saying we should have the best possible people leading our political parties
Klopp said at the time: ‘I am not sure I can find any better words than much smarter people have said but what Marcus has started there is absolutely incredible, it is so nice.
‘And with all the rivalry between the clubs, in these moments we are as footballers and as human beings always united.
‘It’s just nice to show in a time when obviously a lot of people who are really in charge of something and don’t show any sign of proper leadership, that a boy grown up in difficult circumstances and blessed with sensational talent, obviously, never forgot his roots and where he is coming from, that he has to do it.
‘It is a bit of a shame that he has to do it but it is wonderful as well. I hope his mother is really proud of him. I don’t know him but even I am proud of him.’
Klopp’s comments come after a bruising week for Johnson who has slumped in the polls on the back of a number of Tory sleaze scandals.
Rishi Sunak delivered a rebuke to the PM saying the government ‘needs to do better’ following the aborted bid to save ex-minister Owen Paterson from punishment for lobbying.
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