It is rare that a football manager discusses politics, and for good reason. One can only imagine what Harry Redknapp would have to say about Trident or the rise of Populism in Europe, and Tony Pulis is likely to have some pretty intense ideas about mandatory national service.
Thankfully, the gaffers generally make the sensible move and stick to football talk. Jurgen Klopp made a rare venture out into the real world in his press conference ahead of the Leicester game, however, comparing Claudio Ranieri’s sacking to the unexpected political decisions of recent times.
“What can I say? Am I surprised that things like this can happen? No. It is not only football. For me there have been a few strange decisions in 16/17: Brexit, Trump, Ranieri.”
This got us thinking: if Klopp is to leave Liverpool for a bigger job at some point in the future as so many predict, what if that role was as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom?
Sure, it would be a big shock and slightly unusual step to have a German in charge. The two nations have hardly been best mates politically in recent history. As Klopp says though, Trump, Brexit and now Ranieri; who can really predict anything anymore?
There’s also a chance that Klopp could become a psychotic dictator pretty quickly – we’ve all seen his stares when he doesn’t like a question the press have fielded – but once again, that didn’t deter the American public.
The 49-year-old’s steely looks could also be a good thing; would any potential enemy really feel comfortable messing with the big man? A fortune could be saved on Trident by just putting out highlight reels of his maniacal touchline antics in its place.
With tribal divisiveness in politics increasingly daily, Klopp could be the only one capable of saving us. We’ve all had those awkward conversations with family or friends about Syria or Corbyn or Trump, but has anyone ever had a heated discussion about Klopp? He has united the football world; why not take it to the next level?
There’s also the prospect of his touching affection spreading into the political sphere. Who doesn’t love the idea of Klopp jumping over benches in the Houses of Parliament to give Ed Balls a big hug, Ed collapsing into the boss’ arms after an energy-sapping debate? It’s what PM’s Questions needs.
A couple of little points to win over those who still aren’t convinced: the man’s middle name is Norbert, and he almost certainly has never had sex with a pig. Please, Jurgen, step up and be the hero we need.
If Jurgen were to take the biggest job in England – no it’s not the Manchester United job – we imagine he’d be under appreciated, a lot like these Reds stars have been!