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‘He is nothing without African players’ – Senegal manager, Cisse blasts Klopp over AFCON comment

The Head Coach of the Senegal national team, Aliou Cisse has called out Liverpool boss, Jurgen Klopp for his comments on the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).

Recently, Klopp was involved in a heated debate with a journalist who accused him of calling AFCON a ‘little’ tournament.

Klopp later clarified that his comments had been misinterpreted, claiming that English wasn’t his native tongue and he used the phrase figuratively.

But Cisse, was not impressed with his comments and has highlighted that the German’s success is down to his African players.

Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Naby Keita are all set to feature for their respective nations at the tournament which takes place in Cameroon between 9 January and 6 February and Cisse questioned the attitude Klopp has towards the competition.

“Who does Klopp think he is?” he said, according to the Daily Express.

“I manage Senegal and my players play for Klopp at Liverpool.

“I respect Liverpool but not Klopp undermines African football events.”

Cisse, a former Portsmouth midfielder then added; “He is where he is today because of African footballers.”

“He was losing every final until Salah, Mane, Matip came to his rescue to win his first-ever major European final.

“Today, he has the guts to call AFCON a ‘small tournament’. AFCON has the same number of participants, 24, as the UEFA Euro. So who does he think he is?

“AFCON will have the same superstars that are currently helping him to shine at Liverpool. AFCON is the same quality as the Euros.” he added

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