‘I’m not sure if you’ve ever played football’ – Liverpool boss Klopp makes awkward Onuoha mistake

Ex-Manchester City defender Nedum Onuoha saw the funny side after Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp failed to realise he was a former footballer.

His fellow ESPN pundits found it hilarious as Klopp wondered if the former defender had “ever played football” when being interviewed by Onuoha after Liverpool were held to a 2-2 draw at home to Wolves in the FA Cup third round.

After Onouha asked him about how the game panned out, Klopp said: “I’m not sure if you’ve played football, but these kinds of things happen.”

Not only has Onouha played football before but the Nigeria-born defender had a more decorated career than Klopp, who didn’t play one top-flight game in his career.

Klopp scored 56 goals compared to Onouha’s 15 but the former Man City man played 232 of his 426 career appearances in the Premier League.

And Onouha admits he kept quiet because he didn’t want any “sort of argument” to come from the situation with the Liverpool boss.

“If he was in a good mood I probably would have said something back,” Onouha said on ESPN as his colleagues laughed.

“But he wasn’t in a good mood at all. And I thought for my first time interviewing someone so significant in world football, if I bit back it might just turn into some sort of argument.”

Goncalo Guedes opened the scoring for Wolves at Anfield in midweek before finishes from Darwin Nunez and Mo Salah put Liverpool in control.

However, Hwang Hee-Chan equalised four minutes after leaving the bench and Julen Lopetegui’s side could have easily won it before the end of the match.

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“I can understand (how) it looks open in moments but it is just open because we think we can win the challenge and then we don’t win it and that’s then really tricky to deal with in the end,” Klopp said.

“It’s not that they had now chance after chance; what it causes us is a lot of effort to put it right in the end and if you are already there, so you could win it where you are, then you don’t have to run back and try to solve the problems there.”

This season Liverpool have conceded the first goal in more than half of their matches and have only eight clean sheets in 27 matches.

When asked if that was a worry for him, Klopp added: “Not in general, but in moments. It’s not concerning, you watch a game and then you see the things that happen.

“Whatever you play, high-line, deeper-line, ball-orientated, man-orientated – you have to win challenges. There is no alternative.

“I mentioned it already now in the dressing room and I will mention it again as the next team we face is Brighton, who are famous for playing proper football.

“If you don’t defend properly there, then why should we go there?”

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