Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has mocked Chelsea co-owner Todd Boehly’s proposal for the Premier League to introduce an all-star game similar to those featured in a variety of sports in the United States.
Boehly, had suggested that a north versus south game could be used to benefit all levels of football in England.
But when the idea was put to him following Liverpool’s 2-1 Champions League win over Ajax on Tuesday, Klopp was not overly enthusiastic.
“He doesn’t wait long,” Klopp said. “Great. When he finds a date for that, he can call me. He forgets that in the big sports in America, these players have four-month breaks.
“It is completely different in football. What can I say? Does he want to bring the Harlem Globetrotters as well and let them play against a football team?
“I am surprised by the question so please don’t judge my answer too much. But maybe he can explain it to me at some point and find a proper date.
“Not sure people want to see that. Imagine that: [Manchester] United players, Liverpool players, Everton players altogether in one team. It is not a national team. North against south. That means north east [too], Newcastle… interesting game. And all the London guys together, Arsenal, Tottenham, great. Did he really say it? Interesting.”
Boehly made his comments Tuesday during an appearance in New York at the SALT Conference, a global thought leadership and networking forum, while also suggesting a tournament be held to decide relegation to the championship.
“Ultimately I hope that the Premier League takes a little bit of a lesson from American sports and really starts to figure out why wouldn’t we do a tournament with the bottom four teams, why isn’t there an all-star game?” he said.
“People are talking about more money for the pyramid — MLB [Major League Baseball] did their All-Star Game in L.A. this year, we made $200 million from a Monday and a Tuesday. You could do a north versus south all-star game for the Premier League to fund whatever the pyramid needed very easily.”
There has never been an all-star game in the Premier League and Boehly admitted that “there’s a cultural aspect that’s real,” though predicted “there’s going to be an evolution.”