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Liverpool's Klopp explains Sun boycott

AFP , Monday 8 Aug 2016
Juergen Klopp
In this Thursday, May 5, 2016 file photo, Liverpool's manager Juergen Klopp smiles before the Europa League semifinal, second leg, soccer match between Liverpool and Villarreal at Anfield Stadium, Liverpool, England (AP)
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 Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp says he will no longer speak to reporters from The Sun after the British tabloid carried an article about the private life of defender Dejan Lovren.

The tabloid published a detailed article about how Croatia international Lovren missed June's European championships in an attempt to save his marriage.

Klopp says he will no longer answer any questions directly from The Sun reporters, for an indefinite period, as Liverpool prepare to start their Premier League season at Arsenal this Sunday.

"I think that in life -- no matter how much of a public figure the person is -- there are things which should remain private," said Klopp after Liverpool were trashed 4-0 at Mainz in a friendly on Sunday.

"Sometimes things must have consequences.

"I thought to myself, there are eight million newspapers, so what if I don't speak to some..."

Klopp's stance against The Sun first came to light on Saturday after Liverpool beat Barcelona 4-0 at Wembley when he refused to answer a reporter's question.

"I don't talk with The Sun anymore," Klopp, who took charge of Liverpool last October, told the reporter in a press conference at Wembley.

"It's not personal. You're still working for The Sun, right? That's it. You can listen and you can write what you want."

Klopp's stance will go down well with Reds fans in Liverpool, where the tabloid remains unpopular because of it's coverage of the Hillsborough disaster in April 1989.

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