Jurgen Klopp sends message to Liverpool FC fans about coronavirus
Jurgen Klopp releases a statement to Liverpool FC fans after the Premier League season was put on hold amid the coronavirus outbreak
Jurgen Klopp has told Liverpool FC fans that football matches “aren’t important at all” during the current coronavirus outbreak.
The Premier League took the decision to suspend all games until the first week of April after the outbreak continued to escalate in Europe in recent days.
The situation raises questions about when, if at all, the current Premier League season will be completed, despite the Reds’ dominant lead at the top of the table.
As things stand, Liverpool FC are scheduled to return to Premier League action with a trip to Manchester City on 5 April.
However, it is not clear yet whether the current postponement will be extended or not.
Naturally, there will be some concern amongst Liverpool FC fans that the situation could end up costing them this season’s Premier League title.
However, Klopp has moved to insist that there are bigger things to worry about in the present situation.
Speaking in a statement posted on the official Liverpool FC website on Friday, Klopp said: “I don’t think this is a moment where the thoughts of a football manager should be important, but I understand for our supporters they will want to hear from the team and I will front that.
“First and foremost, all of us have to do whatever we can to protect one another. In society I mean. This should be the case all the time in life, but in this moment I think it matters more than ever.
“I’ve said before that football always seems the most important of the least important things. Today, football and football matches really aren’t important at all.
“Of course, we don’t want to play in front of an empty stadium and we don’t want games or competitions suspended, but if doing so helps one individual stay healthy – just one – we do it no questions asked.
“If it’s a choice between football and the good of the wider society, it’s no contest. Really, it isn’t.
“Today’s decision and announcement is being implemented with the motive of keeping people safe. Because of that we support it completely. We have seen members of teams we compete against become ill.
“This virus has shown that being involved in football offers no immunity. To our rival clubs and individuals who are affected and to those who later will become so, you are in our thoughts and prayers.
“None of us know in this moment what the final outcome will be, but as a team we have to have belief that the authorities make decisions based on sound judgement and morality.
“Yes, I am the manager of this team and club and therefore carry a leadership responsibility with regards to our future on the pitch.
“But I think in the present moment, with so many people around our city, the region, the country and the world facing anxiety and uncertainty, it would be entirely wrong to speak about anything other than advising people to follow expert advice and look after themselves and each other.
“The message from the team to our supporters is only about your well-being. Put your health first. Don’t take any risk. Think about the vulnerable in our society and act where possible with compassion for them.
“Please look after yourselves and look out for each other.”
Liverpool FC are currently 25 points clear at the top of the Premier League table as they chase their first-ever title.