Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was given a ringing endorsement by Guy Verhofstadt for comments made in an interview where the German said Brexit was “not the solution” to the UK’s troubles.
Mr Verhofstadt, a staunch critic of the UK’s European Union divorce, shared a video interview in which Klopp questioned the British public’s choice in the June 2016 EU Referendum.
Speaking to Channel 4 News ahead of Liverpool’s Champions League clash with Roma, Klopp said: “I think a few things have happened in the world, that is why Trump is president of the USA, that is why things like this happen.
“There must be people that are better suited to the job. It is not possible that a country like this, in the end, ‘Wow, it’s Donald Trump’ and it is exactly the same Brexit.
“It’s not the solution. I have said it before, the EU is not perfect, was not perfect, is not perfect, will not be perfect. But, it is the best idea we have had so far.”
Responding to his comments, Mr Verhofstadt tweeted: “‘The EU is not perfect, but it’s the best idea we’ve had so far.’
“Well said Jurgen Klopp, I couldn’t agree more!”
Klopp has become somewhat of a go-to for Brexit soundbites since taking over as Liverpool manager in 2015.
In a separate interview, the Liverpool manager said Britons should “vote again with the right information” because the Brexit campaign “makes no sense at all”.
Klopp told the Guardian: “We are all influenced by the way only some of the argument is given, and once the decision is taken nobody gives you a real opportunity to change it again.
“The choice was either you stay in Europe, which is not perfect, or you go into something nobody has any idea how it will work.”
He added: “Let’s think about it again and let’s vote again with the right information – not with the information you’ve got around the Brexit campaign. They were obviously not right, not all of them. It makes no sense at all.”
In 2017, Klopp also was keen to share his opinion as part of football book, ‘On The Brink – A journey through English football’s north west’.
The Liverpool manager told author Simon Hughes: “Of course, everyone has the right to make a decision: left or right, that’s the way it is.
“But is 51 percent really enough to make an important decision, especially when only something like 70 percent of the population voted? Why did the remaining 30 percent not vote?
“For me, it’s a misunderstanding of democracy. But, what I will say also is I’m really happy to be here at this moment of my life because I can see both sides. The way it is reported in England is different to Germany.
“I can see that the EU has not done a perfect job but I have always thought if you try to do things together you are stronger. If you do it along, I’m not sure what happens.”