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Journalist who Jurgen Klopp insulted reveals full story as Man United player “laughed”



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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insulted and punched a journalist’s microphone after his side’s 4-3 defeat to Manchester United on Sunday.

Klopp, 56, saw his side be knocked out of the FA Cup through a 121st-minute winning goal from United winger Amad Diallo. The Liverpool boss is leaving the Merseyside club at the end of the season.

After the game, a clip with the German manager went viral on social media after he appeared to mock the weight of Viaplay journalist Niels Christian Frederiksen. He then stormed out of the interview.

Frederiksen has since addressed the situation in an interview with Bold, where he revealed further details of the altercation but assured that he holds no grudges against the Premier League manager.

“I went after him, and then he punched the microphone away because he thinks it was annoying that I kept sticking it at him so I could get it all,” explained the journalist. “Afterwards, he shouted and went down the hall, where there were many gathered in a small area.

“I perceive the session as an expression of Jürgen Klopp’s extreme winning mentality. You don’t become one of the world’s best coaches if you don’t hate losing, so I actually feel more that it was his frustrations with the defeat than frustration with my questions.”

It was a situation that certainly amused one Manchester United player, Christain Eriksen, who admitted that he had a chuckle at the viral clip of the opposition manager.

The Danish international also explained that Rasmus Højlund had sat down with Frederiksen after the game on their flight home and that he was alongside a Viaplay colleague.

“I laughed a little at that,” said Eriksen when speaking to Tipsbladet. “I happened to meet Per Frimann, who is his colleague on the plane on the way home. I know that Rasmus Højlund sat the whole flight home with Niels Christian so I think they had some good conversations.

“It’s journalism, and what they ask is not something you have anything to do with, but Klopp was obviously tired and annoyed after they had lost.”