Liverpool boss Klopp compares vaccine refusal to drink driving

FILE PHOTO: Football – Champions League – Group B – Liverpool v AC Milan – Anfield, Liverpool, Great Britain – September 15, 2021 Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp celebrates after game REUTERS/Phil Noble/File Photo

Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp likened refusal to take the COVID-19 vaccine to drink driving, saying such people put others at risk.

Klopp said he took the vaccine to protect not only himself but “all the people around me”. The 54-year-old also said 99% of his Liverpool players have been vaccinated and he didn’t need to convince anyone to do so.

British media reported last week that only seven out of 20 Premier League clubs have squads where more than 50% of players have been vaccinated.

“When I say I’ve been vaccinated, other people say, ‘How can you tell me to get vaccinated?’ It’s a bit like drink-driving,” Klopp said ahead of Sunday’s home game against Manchester City.

“We were probably all in a situation where we had a beer or two and thought we could still drive, but (because of) the law we can’t drive, so we don’t drive.

“But this law isn’t there to protect me when I drink two beers and want to drive, it’s to protect everyone else because I’m drunk and we accept that as a law.”

Klopp said vaccination is not a restriction on freedom.

“I don’t understand why that is a restriction on freedom, because if it is, then not being allowed to drink and driving is also a restriction on freedom,” he said.

“I got the vaccination because I was worried about myself, but even more worried about everyone around me. If I get (COVID-19) and I suffer from it: my fault. If I get it and tell someone else, it’s my fault and not their fault.”

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