Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp reacts to bizarre match plan that could see Mohamed Salah play alongside Ronaldo
The German was responding to suggestions by Chelsea owner Todd Boehly that the Premier League could introduce an ‘All Stars’ match.
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The American business owner, who led the consortium that completed a £4.25billion takeover of the Blues earlier this year, was speaking at the SALT conference in New York and called for a North vs South ‘All Star’ that could generate funds for the entire pyramid.
He said: “‘I hope 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?
“You could do a North vs South All-Star game in the Premier League and fund whatever the pyramid needed very easily.
“Everyone likes the idea of more revenue for the League.”
‘All Star’ games are popular exhibition fixtures in several American sports with Major League Baseball and the National Basketball Association the most notable.
The National Hockey League and National Football League also run similar fixtures while the Major League Soccer ‘All Star Game’ sees the best players from that league take on a high profile club side or another ‘All Star’ team.
In recent years the MLS All Stars have faced the Liga MX All-Stars in the annual fixture but they have previously played Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea, Everton and West Ham as well as top European sides like Juventus, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.
However, Klopp was quick to shoot down the idea and issued a fairly sarcastic response when told about Boehly’s idea.
He said: “‘He forgets that in the big sports in America, these players have four-month breaks and they are quite happy they can do a little bit of sport in these 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?”
Boehly’s idea could see top stars from Manchester United and City team up with players from Liverpool, Newcastle United and Leeds United taking on stars from London based clubs like Chelsea and more.
However, the German did not totally dismiss the concept, adding: “I am surprised by the question so please don’t judge my answers too much. Maybe he can explain it to me at one point and find a proper date.
“I’m not sure people want to see that. Imagine that - United players, Liverpool players, Everton players all together on one team.
“It’s not the national team, it’s just the north-west and the north-east together and the south? Ok, north versus south means north-east and Newcastle. Interesting game.
“And all the London guys together - Arsenal, Tottenham, great. Did he really say it? Great”