Jurgen Klopp has urged Liverpool fans to “respect” the minute’s silence for the death of Queen Elizabeth II when they face Ajax on Tuesday night.
Liverpool are set to meet the Dutch champions in their second Champions League group stage game at Anfield, five days after the monarch passed away at the age of 96 to end a reign of more than 70 years.
The city of Liverpool has a complex history and has been associated with socialism, Irish immigration and even the slogan ‘Scouse not English’ – leading to suggestions that the club’s supporters may decide to boo and jeer at the planned minute’s silence.
Liverpool fans have been known to boo the English national anthem, ‘God Save the Queen/King’, when it is played at the Cup Final at Wembley, which began in the 1980s during the city’s ‘managed decline’ by the Conservative government.
But Germany boss Klopp has urged fans to show respect as they try to recover from their first Champions League defeat by Napoli.
When asked if he took it for granted that the minute’s silence would be respected by both groups of fans, Klopp said: “Yes, I think it’s the right thing to do.
“But I don’t think our people need any advice from me to show respect. There are many examples where people showed just the right amount of respect.
“One that surprised me was last year and I was really proud of it when we played against Manchester United last year with the sad situation of Cristiano Ronaldo’s family.
“I expect that. It is clear to me – we have to do this. That’s it.’
Klopp added: “I’m 55 years old and she’s the only Queen of England I’ve ever known.
“I didn’t know her, but she was kind and warm. People feel so close to her and I really respect her grief.
“I’ll show my respect with silence tomorrow night.”
Klopp defended the club’s supporters, calling them “wonderful people” after the controversial booing of the national anthem and Prince William ahead of last season’s FA Cup final against Chelsea at Wembley.
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