The German tactician could not travel to Germany because travelers from the United Kingdom are not allowed into the country due to the new variant of covid-19 in the UK. The German government’s restriction against arrivals from the UK is expected to last until February 16 and it is expected to be extended.
Hence, Klopp had to miss the funeral ceremony of his 81-year-old mother which took place in Germany on Tuesday, February 9, 2021.
The thoughts and condolences of everyone at the Premier League are with Jurgen, his family and his friends at such a difficult time.— Premier League (@premierleague) February 10, 2021
While telling German newspaper Schwarzwaelder Bote about his late mother, Jurgen Klopp noted that his mother meant everything to him, describing her as a real mother “in the best sense of the word.”
“She meant everything to me. She was a real mum in the best sense of the word,” Klopp said.
“As a devout Christian, I know she is in a better place now.
“The fact that I can’t be at the funeral is due to the terrible times, but as soon as the circumstances allow, we will hold a wonderful commemoration that is appropriate to it.”
Futballnews has reported that the German government’s restriction on arrivals from the UK has forced UEFA to move the Liverpool Champions League match against RB Leipzig to Budapest in Hungary.
Also, Manchester City Champions League match against Borussia Monchengladbach has been moved to Budapest due to the coronavirus restriction in Germany.
Meanwhile, the Chelsea Champions League round-of-16 first leg match against Atletico Madrid has been moved from Madrid in Spain to Bucharest in Romania due to the covid-19 restriction.
The match will take place at the Arena Nationala in Bucharest, the capital city of Romania. Despite the change in the venue of the game, the date and the kick-off time remain the same.
A Chelsea statement read: “UEFA has confirmed that Chelsea’s Champions League Round of 16 first leg match away against Atletico Madrid will now be played at the Arena Nationala in Bucharest in Romania.
“The date of the match, Tuesday 23 February, and the kick-off (8 pm UK time) will remain the same. The second leg at Stamford Bridge is on Wednesday 17 March at 8 pm.”