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Klopp Caught Passing Notes in Class

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“How do I love thee? let me count the ways...3-5-2.”

Southampton v Liverpool - EFL Cup Semi-Final: First Leg
“The note really said, ‘There’s the goal. Over there.’”
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Considering the abject misery Liverpool fans had to suffer through last night, we did get at least one moment of mild amusement last night when Daniel Sturridge ran back onto the pitch with a piece of paper. The striker started pointing various other players around the pitch, and then risked getting a fine by crumpling up the note and littering right there on the pitch. I don’t care that your kit doesn’t have pockets, for shame.

After the match, Klopp explained the note, which to the shock of all wasn’t an expression of deep, romantic love intended for Adam Lallana.

"It was just a new system, however you want to call it, 3-5-2," Klopp said of the note. "Two wingers, two strikers, that's all.

"No more information, but it was enough. I think we were a little bit too late when we gave him the paper when the game was already running on. That was our mistake. Things like this happen."

No word on whether the Liverpool boss drew hearts around Lallana’s name on the note.

Of course, the formation change didn’t work last night. But then again nothing worked last night, with the exception of Loris Karius’s quick reflexes, and Emre Can’s industrial-strength hair wax. Anyway, mystery solved.