Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp isn’t impressed with Todd Boehly’s “All-Star Premier League game” idea


Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is not impressed by new Chelsea owner Todd Boehly’s idea of ​​a US Premier League “All-Star game”.

Boehly, owner of the LA Dodgers baseball team and the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Sparks basketball teams, proposed a north-south game.

He said he hoped the Premier League would “take a bit of a lesson from American sports”.

Klopp said: “He wants to bring the Harlem Globetrotters too?”

The German was then asked about Boehly’s idea They beat Ajax 2-1 on Tuesday In the Champions League.

In a speech in New York earlier today, the American said: “Why don’t we have a tournament with the bottom four sports teams, why is there no All-Star game?

“People are talking about more money for the pyramid, this year we made $200m (£173m) in the MLB All-Star game from Monday to Tuesday.

“So we’re thinking we could do a north-south All-Star game for the Premier League, whatever the pyramid needs, quite easily.”

Klopp, who has previously been critical of football’s busy schedule, replied: “He can call when he finds a date for it. In American sports these players have four months off.

“Maybe he can explain that. I’m not sure people want to see that… [Manchester] United players, Liverpool players, Everton players all together. Also in the North East, so Newcastle. It’s not the national team. All the London boys together, Arsenal, Tottenham, great. Did he really say that?”

When Boehly was asked what his fellow ball club owners would think of an All-Star game, he said, “Everybody likes to have more revenue for the league.

“I think there is a real cultural aspect, I think the evolution will come.”

Boehly, led a consortium a £4.25m Chelsea ownership in May, he suggested that the relegation places to the top flight could be decided by a four-team tournament, rather than the usual automatic relegation format of the bottom three teams.

There is no drop-off in major US sports, with the worst-performing teams getting the first picks of new talent in a draft, and teams being accused of “tanking” to get a better pick.

“The economics of entering the tournament are materially different,” he added.

“When you get into the tournament those numbers fall off a cliff. So nobody’s thinking about tanking, and those relegation games are the games with the biggest broadcasts.”