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Sorry FC Schalke, Liverpool Fans Will Not Root for the Bundesliga Bitters

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Dortmund, on the other hand...

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Football is coming back. Football. Back. Real football. As great as it was to watch Trent Alexander-Arnold humiliate Raheem Sterling on FIFA—and it was great—it’s no substitution for the real thing.

Sure, our beloved Liverpool aren’t playing. It’s in Germany, the Bundesliga, to be precise. But beggars cannot be choosers, and it has been a long two months since we’ve seen a ball kicked in anger. And on Saturday, we’ll get to see the game we love. In empty stadiums, but still.

With the eyes of the football viewing public upon the Bundesliga, Joel Matip’s former club Schalke decided to have a go at recruiting some new fans. Specifically, they thought they’d tempt Premier League fans of all stripes.

An “A” for effort, I suppose, although the execution—particularly when targeting Liverpool fans—left quite a bit to be desired.

I mean, Joel Matip is great. His knowledge on coconuts is second to none, and he’s an excellent partner to Virgil van Dijk.

But Schalke they admits that they don’t like Jurgen Norbert Klopp? Publicly? I get it, he managed their rivals, Dortmund, for 7 long years. Lifted all sorts of shiny things with them, and he left them in a good place to continue being a powerhouse in Germany. But not liking Kloppo as a person? That just reflects poorly on the club. It makes them seem bitter, like some other Blues we know.

And speaking of acting like other Blues that we know, it wasn’t even their most egregious recruiting error in this thread.

Really?!

I mean, the answer was already “no” on account of Schalke’s rival, Dortmund—the shared values of the clubs, passionate fanbase, “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” and Klopp were already very good selling points for the Yellow and Blacks—but come on.

Speaking of, Dortmund will host rivals Schalke at 3:30 PM local time. I’m sure I won’t be the only Liverpool fan tuning in to support Klopp’s former club.