Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp has reacted to the alleged racist abuse Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling faced on Saturday against Chelsea.
Speaking at his pre-Champions League press conference, Klopp said: “I watched the game and I think I saw the situation when he went for the corner and I saw a few guys shouting. I didn’t hear, I’m not sure if it was possible to hear what they shouted, but I already thought his reaction was just brilliant.
“You saw his face. He gave the right response, not to react for these people. They don’t deserve any reaction, they don’t deserve any respect. We had similar situations in Germany and other countries, Italy with (Kevin-Prince) Boateng when he stopped the game because of the things people shouted from the stands.
“They need to be punished. As long as people are silly enough to do this, they need to be punished for it. I am sure 95% of people or more are not like this so we should try to find the right amount of attention for these people. Yes, punish them but do not talk too much about them because they do not deserve that we talk about them.”