Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has laughed off comments from his agent suggesting that he could leave Liverpool when his current contract expires due to the weather in Britain.
Marc Kosicke made the claims when speaking to DAZN, saying that he and the German boss must “wait” and see before signing adding any more years to his Anfield tenure.
Speaking at a press conference ahead of his side’s Champions League clash with Napoli on Tuesday, however, Klopp denounced the rumours as a joke.
“[Kosicke] wanted to make a joke. It was obviously German humour as nobody got it!” the manager said. “It’s not a reason for me to leave the country.
“Maybe at the moment it’s the most healthy weather in the world – we have enough rain, it’s cool, pretty much the opposite of this room! There’s nothing in that story. He’s my agent and my friend.”
Klopp also admitted that he was wary of the threat posed by Napoli striker Lorenzo Insigne, who scored the winner when the sides met in the group stages of last season’s Champions League.
“Insigne, he is always smiling in my face before the game,” Klopp said. “After the game he has more reason. [He is a] wonderful player. We are still working on defending him. Maybe one day it will happen.”
Klopp was also asked how his side have improved since last season’s tie at the San Paolo Stadium, the German replying: “I don’t know exactly how we have improved. It doesn’t work like this.
“We did everything right in the next game that we did wrong then, and that was the way for the rest of the season,” the German said. “A big improvement.”
Liverpool have also confirmed that Divock Origi is facing a spell on the sidelines as he recovers from the ankle injury he picked up in the win over Newcastle at the weekend.
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