The true heroes of our age are the folks who spend all of their waking hours on twitter, combing through reams of information for anything relevant to their clubs. These are the kind of folk who amass tens of thousands of followers by tweeting every morsel of information doing the rounds about their clubs; the type of people who tweet the news the papers break at 11pm with the journalist's name in brackets at the end of the tweet.
While at time their deluge of information can become overbearing, today one of these supporters proved their true value. Earlier today, Empire of the Kop found an Instagram post by a friend of Martin Skrtel's featuring the soon-to-be-departed Liverpool defender:
Eagle-eyed observers will see the final hashtag: #KloppJeKKT. Furthermore, the very alert will realsie that Skrtel responded with the comment "...posledny # je" along with a number of emojis I'm too old to locate on this keyboard. With their curiosity pricked, Empire of the Kop did some translating, and here is what they discovered:
The first hashtag from poster pharrelski means “KloppIsADickhead”. #KloppJeKKT is short for KloppJeKokot. Kokot is slang for ‘Dickhead’, or ‘Dick’. (Essentially very insulting.)
Skrtel replies, claiming “Last hashtag is TOP”, with a load of smiley faces included, before phrarreslki says: “Hope Jurgen won’t see it".
Unbelievably, Skrtel responds: “Hope he does!"
Now, those who assume that Slovak is not widely spoken may assume that this is a false translation, but the veracity of their claim has been borne out as true, as Skrtel moved to post this lily-livered apology on his own Instagram account:
Skrtel should not worry about feeling the wrath of Jurgen Klopp: he is expected to be sold to Fenerbache for £5.5 million next week. Perhaps the entire episode can be explained by Skrtel being on a post-Euros piss up. It's his most notable night out since he went to Coppers to meet some fellow jersey-pullers. He got the wrong end of the stick.