Ex-World Cup winger John Barnes has bizarrely claimed that Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp would have been sacked by the club within two years if he was black, insisting that Premier League anti-racism “has no effect”.

Pundit and Reds legend, Barnes, said “nothing has changed” for blacks in urban areas, adding that the lack of black managers in football is part of a major societal problem that Klopp is doing his job because of “perceptions.” “Would have cost if he did it was black.

The club’s two-time top winner believes people are being taught not to see black people right away, which results in non-white managers being given less time to see themselves.

“It has nothing to do with black football managers,” Barnes told Play Ojo. “This is a bigger problem because how many black managers are there in the higher echelons of an industry? And why should football be any different?

It’s not about JURGEN KLOPP … it’s about the fact that black managers are given less time … it’s not a criticism of Jurgen’s record https://t.co/BHpStubEEE

– John Barnes (@officialbarnesy) November 13, 2020

No black manager can come up with the qualities of klopp because they haven’t had the opportunity to show their quality … why do you think there are so few black managers? https://t.co/BmIqJRX60r

– John Barnes (@officialbarnesy) November 13, 2020

John Barnes is of the opinion that Jürgen Klopp is and was absolutely the right man for this job, even in the first few years when we were 25 points away from the top of the table. I had complete confidence in him and his ability to bring us to the top of the league

– John Barnes (@officialbarnesy) November 13, 2020

“You cannot change structures and laws. You have to change perceptions because there are always ways to bypass these structures.

“The Rooney Rule came into the NFL in 2003 because the league only had three black coaches. Here we are 17 years later – how many black coaches do you have? Three.

“So you can set up structures, but nothing will change until you change your perception.

“I’ll use Klopp as an example. How successful was he really in his first two years when he was 25 points off the top? But we believed he was the right man. Under other circumstances he would have lost his job. If he was were black, he would have lost his job in the first two years. “

Liverpool slipped from sixth to eighth in Klopp’s first responsible season in 2016, but the Premier League freshman and coaching staff were given a six-year deal at the end of the season after leading the club to their first European final in nine years.

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Liverpool finished fourth the following season, qualifying for the Champions League after a two-year absence and narrowing the gap between themselves and the champions from 21 to 17 points after falling 25 points in the season leading up to Klopp’s arrival.

Opposed to the change the Premier League’s high-profile No Room for Racism campaign was likely to make, Barnes said it hadn’t gone far enough.

“You cannot influence racism in sport,” he replied when asked if he was skeptical of similar initiatives. Will Raheem Sterling influence 99 percent of fans who don’t support Man City when we say No Room For Racism?

“Football can bring the problem to the table, but it cannot change the problem. Society has to change a problem.

“Even the whole idea of ​​getting off the field … do you think a racist football fan isn’t going to be racist?

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“What we’ve learned for hundreds of years is that we don’t see women as alike, we don’t see blacks as alike. We have certain perceptions of different groups of people based on what we have been taught.”

Barnes, who was responsible for Celtic and Tranmere as the club manager, echoed the views of US captain Megan Rapinoe earlier this week.

Rapinoe urged people like Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to go beyond wearing Black Lives Matter t-shirts and ask them to spread anti-racism messages to their big fans on social media.

“I support them in using their profile to keep the topic on the news agenda, but now we have to go one step further,” said Barnes of the Premier League. “Say no to racism since I played in the Champions League 20 years ago and what has changed? Nothing has changed.

“Imagine what footballers can do to use their platform and profile to make a real difference in the city center for blacks.”

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