Jurgen expects ‘respect’ at Anfield as football returns following Queen’s death

Jurgen Klopp expects Liverpool fans to respect the minute’s silence for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

The Reds have requested a minute’s silence from UEFA before Tuesday's (September 12) Champions League clash with Ajax at Anfield and are awaiting approval. Klopp said: “I think it [minute’s silence] is the right thing to do but I don’t think our people need any kind of advice from me for showing respect.”

Liverpool fans have on occasion booed the national anthem at Cup finals because of their disillusion with Tory-led governments, which was compounded by their shocking treatment in the aftermath of the Hillsborough Disaster.

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But Klopp believes the Reds know the right time to show respect, pointing to how fans sang ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ for Cristiano Ronaldo during their clash with Manchester United last season after his newborn son died.

The Kop boss said: “There are plenty of examples where people showed exactly the right respect, one which surprised me and I was really proud of that moment was last season when we played Manchester United around a very sad situation with Cristiano Ronaldo’s family.

“And that is what I expect. For me, it is clear that’s what we have to do. That’s it.”

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Klopp also paid tribute to the late Queen after her death last Thursday at the age of 96 following seven decades as head of state. He added: “I am 55 years old and she is the only queen of England I ever knew.

“As far as I know, I don’t know her, but the things you can see she was a really warm nice loved lady and that is all that I need to know.

“It is obviously not about what I think but people what felt who are much closer to her and I respect their grief a lot and that is why I will show my respect with the minute’s silence if it goes through.”


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