Jurgen Klopp admits Liverpool are in ‘a difficult period’ after Napoli humbling
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Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has urged supporters to respect tributes to Queen Elizabeth II at the Reds’ Champions League clash with Ajax on Tuesday evening. The match will be one of the first to be played in England since the monarch’s death last Thursday.
Authorities harbour some concerns that not all fans will respect the minute’s silence due to take place before the game. England midfielder Henderson has reminded individuals to behave themselves.
“Before moving on to the game-at-hand, I would like to pass on my sympathies and condolences to the Royal Family following the passing of Queen Elizabeth II,” Henderson wrote in his programme notes ahead of Liverpool’s European meeting with Ajax.
“Although we have all felt this loss as a country, it is important that we also remember that amid the national outpouring there is a family who are grieving and to keep them in our thoughts as much as we possibly can.
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“None of this is about football, of course, but following the announcement of the Queen’s death I saw an old picture of her presenting the FA Cup to [former Liverpool captain] Ron Yeats in 1965 and it reminded me of just how big a part she played in public life for so long.
“This was our big moment as a club, one that happened almost 60 years ago, and Queen Elizabeth was part of it. It’s great that our younger fans get to see this photograph because it really is beautiful.
“Maybe it means more to me as captain because Ron was one of my predecessors and I’ve come to learn how special it is to lift trophies at this club, but to lift a trophy like the FA Cup you need someone to present it and I can only imagine how much pride Ron felt at that moment.
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“Everyone in the country will have their own memories of the Queen and this is one of ours as a club – we will always be grateful for that and for all of the other duties that she performed which touched the lives of so many.”
Head coach Jurgen Klopp added in his own preview, saying: “As a club, we always take these responsibilities very seriously because it is the right thing to do. At the time of writing these notes it is too early to say what the gestures of respect will be, but whatever they are we will observe them as we always have.
“I can say this from my own first-hand knowledge: whenever anyone suffers a personal loss, the support you receive makes such a difference, so if it feels this way when you need it, it makes sense that we should provide it when someone else has the same need.”
Liverpool are hoping to put their 2022-23 campaign back on track against the Dutch giants. The Reds have won just two of their seven matches so far this season and were thumped 4-1 by Napoli in their opening Champions League fixture.
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