Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp cannot explain why Premier League players are reluctant to get vaccinated against Covid-19.
A report this week suggested that only seven of the 20 Premier League clubs managed to fully vaccinate 50 percent or more of their squads, with the overall average being around a third of all players.
Liverpool have outperformed most of their rivals in this regard, with Klopp announcing that their vaccination rate is 99 percent.
And he hit those who refuse to be stung and anti-Vaxxers who spread conspiracy theories or those who believe the myths.
“How do I know that I think it makes sense to get vaccinated? I’ve called doctors I’ve known for years, ”he said.
“If you don’t know anything, call a specialist. I’m a little naive, but I don’t understand why we are not allowed to give advice.
“I explain it a bit like drink-driving. We’ve probably all been in a situation where we had a beer or two and thought, “I can drive”.
“But this law isn’t there to protect me, it’s there to protect everyone else.
“We all know that alcohol is bad for our bodies, but we drink it anyway. When it comes to vaccination, we assume that it is not good for our body.
“Most specialists tell us that vaccination right now is the solution to the situation.”
Klopp said he felt it was his personal responsibility to think about the lives of others.
“I don’t just take the vaccination to protect myself, I take the vaccination to protect everyone around me,” he added.
“I don’t understand why this is a restriction on freedom. Because if it is then no longer allowed to drink or drive, that is also a restriction of freedom, but we accept that.
“We’re not allowed to ask people if they’re vaccinated, but I can ask a taxi driver, ‘Are you drunk?’
“If he says, ‘I don’t have to tell you,’ then ‘Okay, I’m not going with you, no problem’.
“I got the vaccination because I was worried, but even more so for everyone else around me.
“If I get it and suffer – my fault. If I get it and pass it on to everyone else – my fault and not their fault. “
The Premier League is believed to be looking at how best to reward the clubs whose squads are most Covid compliant and who have chosen to be vaccinated.
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