Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp blasted a “s***” translator in his pre-match Champions League press conference on Monday after taking exception to how his fellow German speaker translated Jordan Henderson’s answer.
The charismatic manager, whose side comfortably sit top of the Premier League, was speaking in Austria ahead of the Reds’ crucial group game against Red Bull Salzburg on Tuesday night.
Klopp’s side need a point against the Austrian champions to progress to the knockout stages in Europe but anything less will likely mean an unthinkable drop into the Europa League for the defending champions.
The manager is usually a relaxed figure but lost his cool after taking particular issue with the translator’s claim that Liverpool skipper Henderson said his team would “go easy in this game”.
Speaking in German, Klopp said: “It’s s*** when next to the translator sits a coach who speaks German.
“The question was if the Champions League title from the last year helps us because we have always delivered in situations like this.
“He [Henderson] doesn’t talk about going easy in this game. We are aware of this challenge. He is speaking about all this normal stuff. You should really listen. Otherwise, I can do it by myself. It’s not too difficult.”
Switching to English, he then told the media: “I am in a competition mood already, I can tell you.”
Klopp, meanwhile, is confident his players can handle “the most intense period of their lives” to keep their Champions League and Premier League title ambitions on track.
Asked whether his players could handle the physical demands he said: “No I don’t expect drops (in fitness and intensity) and if they happen I will prepare the solution then.
“Yes it is difficult but there is a job to do. We don’t ask for excuses, we know our schedule. We know where we have to go.
“We play in another in four days a very tough game (against Watford ) and then we fly to Qatar. We don’t expect drops, we don’t accept drops; not just me the boys as well.
“We ask ourselves for the highest concentration. Then we will see what we get for it.
“We are a group which is in the most intense period of our lives and we will try to enjoy it.
“It is difficult, no doubt about that, but that is nothing that can stop us.”