Publish Date: Saturday 28th March 2020 8:18
Carlo Ancelotti revealed that Jurgen Klopp spoke to him about his concerns about Liverpool's clash with Atletico Madrid in the Champions League.
Liverpool, the title holder, were eliminated from the tournament by Atlético, a result that left Klopp bitter in defeat, but the world has since had to deal with a much more important issue – that of the coronavirus pandemic.
Games across Europe have been suspended in an effort to slow the spread of the virus, with Spain and the United Kingdom both under arrest.
Klopp has since admitted that the tension around the virus at the time affected his preparation for the game.
And Ancelotti has now revealed the extent of Klopp's anger that a continental game involving teams from both countries may be allowed under the circumstances – especially with a stadium full of fans.
He told Corriere Dello Sport: “I heard Klopp the other day, he told me that going ahead with the game in these conditions was a criminal act, I think he was right.
“We are all living a life that we are not used to and that will change us profoundly. I'm sure we will all have to downsize, starting with football.
“Today, the priority is health, limiting contagion. When you start again, when you finish, the dates … believe me, I don't care. At the moment, this is the last thing on my mind.
“I heard about cut wages, suspension of payments. They look like inopportune solutions. Soon the economy will change, and that is at all levels: TV rights will be less, players and coaches will earn less, tickets will cost less because people will have less money.
“I repeat, what matters now is to fight the virus effectively. So, of course, if it will be possible to continue the season … otherwise, amen.
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