Jurgen Klopp jokingly put a Sky Sports reporter in a headlock after the broadcaster handed Liverpool another early kick-off this weekend.
The Reds take on Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday, with the match kicking off at 12:30pm live on Sky Sports.
Klopp has regularly made clear his disdain for Saturday early kick-offs in the past, primarily due to the lower recovery time that the Reds are granted compared to teams that play later in the weekend.
That becomes an even more significant issue for the German after an international break, with Reds players jetting off worldwide to play for their national teams.
Players from both sides played in South American World Cup qualifiers just 72 hours ago, and Klopp spoke of his anger about the schedule after Liverpool’s 3-0 win over Brentford earlier this month.
He fumed: “How can you put a game like this on Saturday at 12:30pm?
“Honestly, the people making these decisions, they cannot feel football, it’s just not possible. And it is the moment where the world pays the most to see a football game.”
Klopp spoke to Sky Sports reporter Vinny O’Connor ahead of the City clash – and the conversation somehow ended up with O’Connor being placed in a headlock by the German boss. Us neither.
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— Vinny O’Connor (@VinnOConnor) November 23, 2023
Klopp then lands a light jab on the reporter’s chest, while exclaiming: “Thank you for the 12:30!”
The two then shared a laugh afterwards, with the exchange certainly a light-hearted one – even if Klopp’s comment reflects his fury over Sky giving his side 12:30pm kick-offs – as they transitioned into a chat about the recent Reds U21 match.
O’Connor summed up the moment by captioning his video: “Welcome back,” before jokingly describing it as a ‘potential red card’ while live on air.
Liverpool go into the game one point behind Premier League leaders City, and their position means that if they win at the Etihad, they will be on top of the table at the end of the weekend for the first time this season.