Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp compares refusing the COVID-19 vaccine to drink driving

The Liverpool boss made the comments in the build up to his side’s clash with Manchester City on Sunday.

Jurgen Klopp, manager of Liverpool.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has compared refusing the COVID-19 vaccine is like drink driving as it puts other people in danger.

The comments came in his pre-match press conference ahead of the Red’s 2-2 draw with Manchester City on Sunday.

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Vaccinations in players is a hot topic, with some reports claiming that only seven Premier League clubs have more that 50% of their players vaccinated.

During the press conference, Klopp revealed that 99% of his players are vaccinated.

Klopp said: "If I say I am vaccinated, other people say: ‘How can you tell me I should be vaccinated?’ It is a little bit like drink-driving.

"We all probably were in a situation where we had a beer or two and thought we still could drive, but [because of] the law, we are not allowed to drive, so we don’t drive.

"But this law is not there for protecting me when I drink two beers and want to drive, it’s for protecting all the other people because I’m drunk, and we accept that as a law."

Klopp said that he didn’t see how there is a limitation of freedom by having the vaccine, as he added: "I don’t understand why that is a limitation of freedom because, if it is, then not being allowed to drink and drive is a limitation of freedom as well."

Klopp added that he received the vaccine primarily because he was worried about others around him.

"I got the vaccination because I was concerned about myself but even more so about everybody around me," he said.

"If I get [COVID-19] and I suffer from it: my fault. If I get it and spread it to someone else: my fault and not their fault."