Klopp: Ranieri sacking like Brexit, Trump

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has likened the sacking of Claudio Ranieri to Brexit and the election of Donald Trump as president of the US.

The Premier League champions announced that they have parted ways with Ranieri late on Thursday night, with the Foxes just one point above the relegation zone.

The decision to show the Italian the door came just 10 months after Ranieri led them to the unlikeliest of Premier League titles.

"Am I surprised that things like this can happen? No," he said. "It’s not only football. For me, there have been a few strange decisions in 2016-17 – Brexit, Trump and Ranieri.

"Do I have to understand it all the time? No, obviously not. It happens still. I’ve no idea why Leicester (did) this."


Klopp added that he had a similar, testing period while in charge of Borussia Dortmund in 2011, but played down suggestions that the players weren't motivated enough.

"No I don’t think so but it depends on the players," the German continued.

"If I think back 2011 we became champions and we had not the best start in the next season.

"I am pretty sure Ranieri didn’t change. He is too experienced for this.

"He found a perfect clue for this team last year – how to give them a plan – but I can’t say what happened there."

Klopp's side will travel to the King Power Stadium for a Premier League clash on Monday night, but Klopp admitted the he isn't too concerned about what the players' reaction to the departure of their manager will be.

"Things I have no influence on I cannot really think about," he added.

"Does it change a lot for us? Not sure, we will see."

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