Following Chelsea co-owner Todd Boehly's recent suggestion to introduce an All-Star game to the Premier League, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp poked fun at the American billionaire's idea.
The Blues co-owner has been making the headlines over the past week, with his bombshell decision to sack manager Thomas Tuchel having prompted a mixed reaction from those within the sport.
Speaking at the SALT Conference in the US on Tuesday, the businessman lifted the lid on the German's sacking, and also made a suggestion about how the Premier League could make even more money.
The 48-year-old mogul proposed a "north versus south" Premier League All-Star game, a concept that is quite popular in American sport, and explained that this could help raise money for the English Football League pyramid.
"Ultimately, I hope the Premier League takes a little bit of a lesson from American sports," Boehly said at the conference, per the Metro.
"And really starts to figure out, why don't we do a tournament with the bottom four sports teams, why isn't there an All-Star game?
"People are talking about more money for the pyramid, in the MLB [Major League Baseball] All-Star game this year, we made $200 million from a Monday and a Tuesday.
"So we're thinking we could do a 'north versus south' All-Star game for the Premier League, for whatever the pyramid needed, quite easily."
This suggestion was met with a sarcastic response from Reds boss Klopp, however, who joking asked if Boehly would also bring an American exhibition basketball team to play football.
"He doesn't hesitate, he doesn't wait long!" Klopp said at a press conference following Liverpool's 2-1 win over Ajax Amsterdam in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday night.
"Great. When he finds a date for that, he can call me.
"He forgets that in the big sports in America, these sports have four-month breaks so they're quite happy they can do a little bit of sport in these breaks.
"It's completely different in football.
"Does he want to bring the Harlem Globetrotters as well and let them play a football team?
"I'm surprised by the question so please don't judge my answers too much, but maybe he can explain it to me at one point."
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