Jurgen Klopp gets heated in barbed dig at anti-vaxxing Premier League stars

Date published: Sunday 3rd October 2021 11:28 - James Marshment

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has angrily berated those Premier League stars refusing to get a vaccination against Covid 19.

The worldwide pandemic over the last 18 months remain the biggest single incident to happen in most of our lifetimes. Amid multiple national lockdowns, the UK has seen 137,000 die from Covid-related deaths during that time.

However, there appears a way out of the crisis, with the successful development of several vaccinations against the virus.

Indeed, that has allowed, in the most part, our lives to return to normal. Nonetheless, there remains numerous people who don’t believe in getting vaccinated – and among them are a large portion of Premier League stars.

As such, a report this week suggested only seven of the 20 Premier League clubs have succeeded in fully vaccinating 50 per cent or more of their squads. Indeed, the overall average is said to be approximately one-third of all players.

Liverpool have out-performed most of their rivals on that front. To that end, Klopp has revealed their vaccination rate is 99 per cent.

However, the Liverpool boss could not resist a dig at those who continue to refuse the vaccination. Questioning their intelligence, he has blasted the propagating conspiracy theories and those peddling the myths. 

And the Liverpool FC boss claims it’s refusing to get vaccicated is the equivalent of drink-driving.

“Where did I get the knowledge from that I think it makes sense to get the vaccination? I called doctors who I’ve known for years,” he said.

“When you don’t know about anything you call a specialist. I’m a bit naive but I don’t understand why we are not allowed to offer advice.

“I explain it a little bit like drink-driving. We were all probably in a situation where we had a beer or two and thought ‘I can drive’.

“But this law is not there for protecting me, it is there for protecting all the other people because I am p****d and want to drive a car. And we accept that as a law.

“We all know alcohol is bad for our body but we still drink it. With the vaccination we assume it is not good for our body.

“Most specialists tell us the vaccination is the solution for the situation in this moment.”

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Klopp says it’s about a social responsibility

Klopp said he believed it was his personal responsibility to consider the lives of others.

“I don’t take the vaccination only to protect me, I take the vaccination to protect all the people around me,” he added.

“I don’t understand why that is a limitation of freedom. Because if it is then not being allowed to drink and drive is a limitation of freedom as well – but we accept that.

“We are not allowed to ask people if they are vaccinated but I am allowed to ask a taxi driver ‘Are you drunk?.

“If he says ‘I don’t have to tell you’ then ‘OK then, I don’t drive with you, no problem’.

“I got the vaccination because I was concerned about myself but even more so for everyone else around me.

“If I get it and suffer – my fault. If I get it and spread it around to everyone else – my fault and not their fault.”

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