PMQs leaders fumble Brexit footballing metaphor after Liverpool victory

PUBLISHED: 13:40 08 May 2019 | UPDATED: 13:44 08 May 2019

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp celebrates, unaware he'd be used to score political points the next day. Picture: Peter Byrne/PA Wire.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp celebrates, unaware he'd be used to score political points the next day. Picture: Peter Byrne/PA Wire.

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Both party leaders have tried to make Brexit political capital out of Liverpool's victory over Barcelona while conveniently forgetting that the team's boss supports a People's Vote.

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Liverpool secured a place in the final of the Champions League last night in an intense second-half fightback.

In the following Prime Minister's Questions debate, Jeremy Corbyn asked the prime minister: "In view of the amazing performance of Liverpool last night, perhaps the prime minister could take some tips from Jürgen Klopp on how to get a good result in Europe?"

Jürgen Klopp is on record as saying the best way to get a good result in Europe is to have a second referendum, which Corbyn has ruled out before all other avenues are exhausted.

The irony was completely lost, not only on Corbyn but also May, who responded with a longwinded metaphor about securing success at the last minute.

"I actually think that ... what it shows is, that when everyone says it's all over, that your European opposition have got you beat, the clock's ticking down, it's time to concede defeat, actually we can still secure success if everyone comes together," she said.

Klopp was interviewed by Channel Four News last year saying he was against Brexit and re-stating his support for a People's Vote.

"Brexit is not the solution," Klopp told Krishnan Guru-Murthy. "I said it before, the EU is not perfect ... but it's the best idea we had so far. "And what I said about this is, historically, it's proven that as long as many powerful countries are together, everything is fine.

"In a moment when we split ... [we have] problems.

"I really think that as long as we stick together, as Europeans, everything can be sorted in the future."

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