Headline writers for Britain’s major news outlets have spoken of their struggles at coming up with plausible puns that can adequately convey the impact of Jürgen Klopp’s October arrival as manager of Liverpool.
Since taking over from Brendan Rodgers, and despite indifferent results that sees the Reds currently occupying a mid-table position, the German has found himself become the darling of the Anfield masses, but writers for newspapers such as The Sun and The Mirror have found it difficult to transfer that feeling onto their back pages.
Dave Mason, sub editor at The Daily Star, said: ‘We’ve got some obvious ones that we can trot out, such as “Klopp That” and “Top of the Klopps”, but after that we’re finding it difficult. It’ll get easier when he inevitably starts struggling. We’ve got “Klopp Out”, “Klopps and Robbers” when they surrender a late goal, and “The Klopp End” when he gets sacked.
‘If they ever get relegated, then we can go with my personal favourite, “Klopp’s Kop Flops Drop”. But, yeah, positive headlines are harder’.
The Sun’s Jason Barnard said: ‘Well, I’ve got “Klopp Tarts” if he has an affair, and “Klippety Klopp”, which means nothing I admit. Yeah, that one’s just words isn’t it?’
The headline writers find themselves with time continually against them, especially as Liverpool face a potential giant-killing in the form of Exeter City in a replayed FA Cup third round tie later this week.