Klopp 'mocks' Boehly's All-Star game idea

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Jurgen Klopp
Jurgen Klopp

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. 

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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. 

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"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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