Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is unimpressed by new Chelsea owner Todd Boehly’s idea of an American-style ‘All-Star game’ in the Premier League.
Boehly, co-owner of the LA Dodgers baseball team, and the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Sparks basketball teams, proposed a north-south matchup.
He said he hoped the Premier League would “take a little lesson from American sport”.
Klopp said: “Does he want to bring the Harlem Globetrotters too?”
The German was asked about Boehly’s idea afterwards Tuesday’s 2-1 win over Ajax in the Champions League.
Earlier in the day at a conference in New York, the American said: “Why don’t we have a tournament with the last four sports teams, why not have an All-Star game?
“People are talking about more money for the pyramid, in the MLB All-Star game this year we made $200m (£173m) from Monday and Tuesday.
“So we’re thinking we could do a north vs south All-Star match for the Premier League, for whatever the pyramid needed, quite easily.”
Klopp, who has previously been critical of his busy football schedule, replied: “When he finds a date for it, he can call me. In American sports these players have four months off.
“Maybe he can explain that. I’m not sure people want to see that— [Manchester] United players, Liverpool players, Everton players all together. North East too, so Newcastle. It is not a national team. All the London kids together, Arsenal, Tottenham, great. Did he really say that?”
Asked what his fellow football club owners would think of an All-Star game, Boehly said: “Everybody likes the idea of more revenue for the league.
“I think there’s a real cultural aspect, I think the evolution will come.”
Boehly, who led a consortium to one £4.25 billion takeover of Chelsea in May, he also suggested that the relegation places for the top division could be decided by a four-team tournament, rather than the usual format of the bottom three teams being automatically relegated.
There is no relegation in major sports in the US, with the worst-performing teams getting the first picks of young talent in a draft, which leads to categories for teams that “ten” for improved selection.
“The economics of moving to the Championship are fundamentally different,” he added.
“When you go to the Championship, those numbers fall off the cliff. So nobody thinks about tanking, and those relegation games are some of the highest-broadcast games.”