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Klopp tells a brilliant story of his secret drink in Germany

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Klopp recalls his Santa secret
Klopp recalls his Santa secret

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was quick to play down the significance of Wayne Rooney's drinking activities in the England team hotel last weekend - and now he has recounted a comical tale of his own.

Klopp has revealed that he dressed up as Santa Claus in a bid to disguise his identity as he hit the town for a few beers during his time in charge of German club Mainz.

With his team rock bottom of the Bundesliga after a woeful run of results, the media were quick to criticise Klopp's antics, but he seems to reflect on the incident with fondness.

“I had a story with myself when we had 11 points and we were last in the Bundesliga table,” Klopp said.

“We had a Christmas break and friends of ours wanted to have a party in the city. Nobody saw me because I had a mask. It was Santa Claus.

“I didn’t feel too good, but I needed a little bit of help and I went out. I did it.

“Then at the end there was one point when you are a little bit drunk, so I lifted the mask and then the next thing there is a picture.

“The next day (German newspaper) Bild said: ‘That’s how Klopp celebrates being 18th’. It is not actually like I celebrated but it was the picture. This happens and you go on.”

Klopp also suggested footballers are drinking in private in their homes, as he said they need to let their hair down at times.

“If they ask me six times a week ‘can we go out, can we go out?’, I’d say seven times no,” added Klopp.

“By the way they didn’t ask but if they did we would say no.

“We all know a few of them are doing it. Not going out but maybe having a party at home. They are young and sometimes if they don’t celebrate now it would be silly.

“It is not that serious. Talk to the person, talk to the guy and convince him about the way to go. It is not really big but make it as big as you want.”