Chelsea Legend Didier Drogba takes a dig at Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp’s over AFCON remarks – “it means a lot
Chelsea legend Didier Drogba has taken his time to react to Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp’s comments about the Africa Cup of Nations being a “little tournament.”
After the red’s convincing 4-0 win over arsenal in the Premier League last November, Klopp however seemed to refer to AFCON as a small tournament. He said:
“I’ve heard that so often that there’s no international break until March. In January, there’s a little tournament in Africa, I just want to say, and I think Asia is playing games, too – South America as well, great, can’t wait.”
However, the German Boss clarified a few weeks later that he did not mean to disrespect the tournament and that his words had been taken out of context.
However, this didn’t stop Didier Drogba from taking a jibe at the manager of the red on Twitter. The former Chelsea forward shared a video of Senegal fans celebrating their win and captioned it:
“A « little tournament » that means a lot for us Africans”
It is worth mentioning that Liverpool were affected the most by the Africa Cup of Nations out of all other Premier League sides. The Reds lost key first-team players in Naby Keita, Mohamed Salah, and Sadio Mane for a couple of weeks due to the tournament.
Interestingly, it was Mohamed Salah’s Egypt and Sadio Mane’s Senegal that went head to head in the AFCON final. The game ended 0-0 after extra time, with Senegal winning the tournament following a penalty shootout.
Sadio Mane received the award for tournament’s best player, having contributed three goals and two assists. The 29-year-old also scored the decisive penalty in the final to give Senegal the trophy.
Although Liverpool FC did not miss Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane while they were competing at the 2021 AFCON competition.
Many believed Liverpool would struggle to compete across all competitions when they lost Salah, Mane, and Keita during the 2021 AFCON. However, the Reds strived despite missing their star forwards.
Jurgen Klopp’s side secured comfortable wins against Brentford and Crystal Palace in the Premier League and also managed to reach the Carabao Cup final.
They secured a 2-0 aggregate win over Arsenal in the semi-final to set up a meeting with Chelsea in the final later this month.