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Liverpool vs Ajax: Jürgen Klopp confident fans will observe minute’s silence for Queen Elizabeth II
Jürgen Klopp is confident Liverpool fans will hold a minute’s silence for Queen Elizabeth II before Tuesday’s Champions League match against Ajax.
Before last season’s FA Cup final at Wembley, Liverpool fans booed “Abide With Me” and “God Save the Queen”.
Boris Johnson, the prime minister at the time, condemned the boos.
Klopp said a minute’s silence was “the right thing to do” and added: “I don’t think our people need any advice from me to show respect.”
Liverpool have applied to Uefa to be allowed to hold a minute’s silence to commemorate the Queen’s death before their match against Ajax.
Manager Klopp said the respect fans showed Cristiano Ronaldo at last season’s game against Manchester United – following the death of the striker’s baby boy – showed there was no need to worry about their behaviour.
“There are many examples where people have shown exactly the right respect,” he added.
“One that surprised me, and that I was very proud of, was the game against Manchester United last season when Cristiano Ronaldo’s family was in a very sad situation,” he said.
“And that is what I expect. For me it’s clear that we have to do this. That’s it.”
Klopp’s mother – whose name was Elisabeth – died in February last year aged 81, but he was unable to attend the funeral in person due to Covid travel restrictions in place at the time.
He said he understood people’s grief, adding, “I’m 55 years old and she’s the only Queen of England I ever knew. I didn’t know her but from what you can see she was a really warm, kind and loved lady and that’s all I need to know.
“Based on my personal experience not too long ago…. It’s not what I think of course, it’s what the people who were much closer to her felt, and I respect their grief very much, and that’s why I’m going to show my respect with the minute’s silence tomorrow night when it takes place.”
Why was the national anthem booed by Liverpool fans?
The game against Napoli was the worst since I have been here”.
Liverpool were beaten 4-1 by Napoli in their Champions League Group A opener last Wednesday. Klopp spoke of the team’s worst game since he took charge in 2015.
He described as many as nine players in his starting eleven as playing below their capabilities and said they had used the days since to analyse and train for the game against Ajax.
Klopp said: “We met with the players, I saw the game [against Napoli] and it was a real horror to be honest. It was the worst game we have played since I have been here.
“How can you gain confidence in football? It all starts with defending the ball and that’s what we have to do. If we can get a momentum, we can play football.
It has been six days since Liverpool last played as all Premier League games were postponed at the weekend due to the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
Asked if the break could affect Liverpool’s rhythm, Klopp added: “Did you see our game [against Napoli]? If we could lose that kind of rhythm, that would be really cool”.
Indes. Liverpool will have to do without defender Andrew Robertson, who has injured his knee, until after the international break.
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