Nick Pope believes Premier League initiative to keep the game flowing ‘is good for the game worldwide’

Nick Pope believes new Premier League initiative to keep the game flowing ‘is good for the game globally’ as he admits he was surprised by Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp who likened Burnley’s tactics to ‘wrestling’

  • Nick Pope thinks the Premier League will benefit from keeping the game flowing
  • Pope was surprised by Jurgen Klopp who compared Burnley’s tactics to ‘wrestling’
  • The keeper said the supporters want fewer soft offenses and soft penalties

Burnley’s Nick Pope says steps in the Premier League to keep the game flowing will benefit global audiences, despite criticism from Jurgen Klopp.

Pope admitted to being shocked by the Liverpool manager comparing Burnley’s tactics to ‘wrestling’ after their match at Anfield last weekend.

‘We were surprised by the reactions. There were no bookings, it wasn’t a very dirty game, so it was a bit of an odd one,” said the England goalkeeper.

Nick Pope believes the new Premier League initiative to keep the game flowing is positive

Nick Pope believes the new Premier League initiative to keep the game flowing is positive

“We are a competitive team, but we haven’t had a red card in more than 90 games. We’re honest, maybe a little different to some teams these days, but nothing off-putting or over the top.

“The league has come out and said they want to see less soft mistakes, less soft pens. That’s something the fans want and it’s good for the game worldwide.

“Some of the acting last year was a bit of a disgrace and was emphasized by the fact that there was no audience.

“You heard the screaming and 15 seconds later guys were running around, which didn’t sit well with a lot of people.”

Pope was surprised when Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp compared Burnley's tactics to wrestling

Pope was surprised when Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp compared Burnley's tactics to wrestling

Pope was surprised when Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp compared Burnley’s tactics to wrestling

Burnley are looking to score points for the season against Leeds today, with Pope looking to recover from his European Championship disappointment by challenging Jordan Pickford to become England’s No. 1 at the World Cup next year.

Pope had to withdraw from the summer tournament to undergo knee surgery but has been included in this season’s Gareth Southgate roster for the qualifiers against Hungary, Andorra and Poland.

Incidentally, as a fan he attended the Euro 2020 final against Italy with his father and will now be cheered by both parents when he faces Andorra at Wembley next Sunday, with Pickford likely to play the other two matches.

The goalkeeper knows he faces a difficult task to beat Jordan Pickford for England

The goalkeeper knows he faces a difficult task to beat Jordan Pickford for England

The goalkeeper knows he faces a difficult task to beat Jordan Pickford for England

“I’m realistic knowing Jordan is coming from two really good tournaments, the last World Cup and the European Championship,” Pope added.

“The World Cup is still a long way off, though, so I wouldn’t be ambitious to write everything off now, just to say I’m definitely not going to play. That wouldn’t really show much desire if I didn’t want to pursue that and target it.”

“I go to every team to push and support the other goalkeepers.

‘I watched every minute of the European Championship. It was difficult, but I still wanted England to do well because I knew the majority of the squad and the manager has been very good to me. It gave me a certain amount of happiness to see them do well.’

Pope’s parents, David and Bridget, have followed him everywhere since he turned pro. “It’s a bit of a shame for my brother Josh who also plays in goal for Mildenhall (Eastern Counties)!”

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