- John Barnes believes Jurgen Klopp was fortunate to keep his Liverpool job because he is a foreign manager
- Klopp made a slow start at Merseyside when he took over in 2015
- The former Liverpool legend spoke on racism where he claimed English and black managers are at a disadvantage in the league
Liverpool legend John Barnes believes the Reds would have sacked Jurgen Klopp less than two years into his reign if the manager was black.
Klopp made quite the slow start at Merseyside when he took over as the Reds boss from Brendan Rodgers in 2015.
The former Borussia Dortmund boss however kept a promise he made when he first took charge of the club, which was to bring the Premier League title to Anfield within his first five years in charge.
While his achievements at Liverpool so far are quite outstanding, Barnes, who played as a left winger and midfielder during his time at Liverpool, claims by modern standards, Klopp would have been sacked long ago “under different circumstances”.
"You can put structures in place, but until you change your perception, nothing will change,” Barnes told Play Ojo in an exclusive interview.
In a brutally honest discussion on racism, Barnes went on to claim that Klopp’s biggest advantage was his foreign heritage as he would have potentially faced the sack even if he was English.
"I use Klopp as an example. How successful was he really in the first two years in terms of being 25 points off the top? But we believed that he was the right man.
"Under different circumstances, he would have lost his job. If he was black, he would have lost his job in those first two years.
"If he was English, he would have lost his job,” he analysed.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that former Liverpool, Tottenham and England goalkeeper Ray Clemence has died, aged 72.
Clemence who is regarded as one of the greatest goalkeepers in football, passed away today, November 15, after a long battle with illness, as he was surrounded by his loving family.
His best times came during his stint at Liverpool where he was a five-time league champion and three-time European Cup winner.
He also lifted the FA Cup, League Cup and two UEFA Cups during his time at Anfield.
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