Liverpool head coach Jurgen Klopp has finally revealed how he felt about the UEFA Champions League incident involving Liverpool’s supporters and that of Real Madrid in Paris, France.
According to the German manager losing the title, last season was the least of the problems faced by Liverpool’s passionate supporters. The Reds manager slammed the “crazy” planning, violence, and terrible treatment that made the supporters of his team “fortunate that more didn’t happen” – as Klopp phrased it when he insinuated that lives may have been lost in the crushes that poor police actions generated.
And he admitted that his own family had been involved in the incident, but they kept the information from him before the match against Real Madrid so that he could focus on the game itself.
Klopp insisted: “In the end, I felt for them – because they are passionate Liverpudlians – that the smallest problem we had that night was that we lost the game.
“The players, however, seemed affected by the delayed start and concerns around fans. Think about that throughout the Champions League championship. Crazy”.
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“I think it is meanwhile clear it was massively mis-organised. Whoever was responsible was not prepared for that. My family sent me messages before the game, ‘We are in the stadium, good luck’ – but they were not.” #lfc [lfc]
Jurgen Klopp added that the UEFA Champions League authorities should make sure that such an ugly incident doesn’t happen again. He stated that the city of Paris was the reason why it happened and the authorities in the country should take responsibility.
According to Klopp, his family only informed him about their struggles of being caught up in a police kettling operation the day after the final.
And he added that since that fatal night at the Stade de France, he has spoken to several people, and every one of them shared the same tale, suggesting a tremendous failure on the part of the authorities.
The manager admitted that their supporters paid thousands of dollars to be in Paris but the whole experience was ruined that night. He claimed it was not the best last memory of a beautiful season.
Meanwhile, it’s the third time Jurgen Klopp had taken his Liverpool team to the UEFA Champions League since he joined them in 2015. The former Borussia Dortmund head coach has won just once out of the three times he has been at the final with Liverpool.
His team also finished last season as the FA Cup and Carabao Cup champions but they lost the English Premier League to Manchester City with just one point. Jurgen Klopp looks forward to having a better campaign next season after he has signed some players like Darwin Nunez and Carvalho.