Jurgen Klopp to leave Liverpool: How does the German want to sign off?

The Premier League contest against Wolverhampton Wanderers at home could very well turn out to be an emotional one.

Liverpool head coach Jurgen Klopp in a file photo; Credit: Twitter/@LFC
By Karthik Raman | May 19, 2024 | 3 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

Sunday will be a sad day for Liverpool supporters since it will be Jurgen Klopp’s final match as their manager. The 56-year-old German announced months ago that he will leave Anfield at the end of the season. Back then, the Reds were fighting for an unprecedented quadruple this campaign. Fast forward and Liverpool won only one of them – the Carabao Cup. They suffered quarter-final exits in the FA Cup and Europa League, while gradually falling out of the Premier League title race in recent weeks.

Although few would have expected his Anfield reign to end in this manner, the love he gained from Liverpool supporters throughout his nine-year stint has not diminished. They will all be wishing Jurgen Klopp the best for his future from the stands and across the world, as he bids farewell to the famous old English club. Hence, the Premier League contest against Wolverhampton Wanderers at home could very well turn out to be an emotional one.

In his final pre-match press conference with Liverpool, Klopp was asked how he wants his side to sign off. The German, quoted on the club’s website, said, “Look, this is a massive challenge now to sit here and pretend… I have no clue how the team meeting will be. I think the documentary guys are in, I’m not sure, probably. They asked me if they can have the last team meeting, which nobody ever had. I said no because I have no idea how that will be, maybe Virg [van Dijk] is doing it because somebody has to do it who is really on fire. Can I be on fire? Probably yes, I think so, but I don’t know in the moment. But it will be really strange.”

Jurgen Klopp on Wolves

He then spoke about the challenge of facing Wolves and how he would like to see his side put up a good performance. “And now we talk about the Wolves game, yes, I want us to play top, top football, people come for that, but you need an atmosphere for that. During the game it would be cool if that would be not a goodbye atmosphere but a really football atmosphere, that would be cool. It’s a strong opponent, they played a sensational season, they were the most unlucky team I ever saw with the VAR decisions against Wolves – we had a few strange ones but they are the champions of that, unbelievable. Now recently the results are not exactly maybe what they would expect, especially with the football they played before,” he elaborated.

The manager added: “But they will be strong, they want to finish on a high, so we have to be strong. We have to prepare as good and as normal as possible. I think I was never the part to disturb the good game but probably in this moment I am the one and I’m really sorry for that, I would love not to be that. But standing there and pretending that it’s a completely normal game, nobody would believe me if I tell that. It’s a challenge for different reasons this time and I hope we can just all together put a really good performance on the pitch – I think we would all deserve that and it’s much easier to celebrate afterwards if you saw a good game before. I cannot guarantee that now but I will try as hard as I can.”

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