Jurgen Klopp responds to being nominated for prestigious Freedom of the City of Liverpool honour
The Reds manager has been nominated for the highest civic honour in the city for his achievements since 2015. Klopp replaced a sacked Brendan Rodgers in the 2015/16 season, and the rest is history.
“I have to be honest, when I first heard this news I had to take a minute to take it in. As you can imagine, I get a lot of different types of news in my job but this was definitely a ‘wow’ moment.”
The two-time Premier League manager of the season isn’t alien to winning individual awards. But this one is different- one that means more and goes beyond the football pitch.
“The main reason for this was what Liverpool, the city and its wonderful people mean to me and my family. The welcome that we have been given has been unbelievable from the word go, so to get this kind of recognition is incredible. It is also very humbling.”
A big occasion
Klopp then thanked those who made this happen and sent a message to the club’s fans saying that the bond between him and them only grows stronger on days like this.
“So to everyone who made this possible – thank you. You have made my family and myself so, so proud to know that the bond we have with this wonderful city has been made even stronger and will now stay forever.”
It is about time that Klopp was nominated for the honour, received already by icons of the city such as Kenny Dalglish and Andrew Devine. It isn’t to say their impact and contributions to the city are the same or that they should be compared to each other.
But Klopp has brought glory back to Merseyside once again. Liverpool are a powerhouse in world football once again- all because of him. The Reds have been in three UEFA Champions League finals during his tenure.
Hopefully, Klopp goes on to receive the honour. It will be decided at a Liverpool City Council extraordinary meeting next week.
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