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Inside final Jürgen Klopp farewell as Liverpool legend confirms Arne Slot chat

Departing Liverpool legend Jürgen Klopp.
-Credit: (Image: Peter Byrne/PA Wire)


Liverpool fans were given a final chance to say thank you and goodbye to departing manager Jürgen Klopp this evening with a special event to mark the occasion at the M&S Bank Arena on the waterfront.

Thousands queued outside to get into the coveted 'Evening With Jürgen Klopp' while the man himself sent an emotional message to fans as he prepared to make his way to the arena. "Okay, so now I've tried to put myself somehow in proper gear to say now for the last time, hopefully, goodbye," he said in a video posted on Instagram before the event began.

"I'm pretty sure it will be a good event — again pretty emotional, but I think we are through the worst now. So we can have a good time and that's the plan. So I wish you as well — if you can see it if you can watch it (I'm not sure if somebody shows it) a wonderful night as well. So let's go! So here we go, that's it. Ready for the party."

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The short clip, filmed by Klopp himself, finished with him showing off his clothing choice for the evening: a sharp navy blue suit paired with crisp white trainers. Earlier today, he was snapped flying into Merseyside on a private jet.

The event, hosted by comedian John Bishop LFCTV's Peter McDowall, had musical entertainment from The Lightning Seeds, The Zutons, and Alfie Boe. There was a heartfelt rendition of You'll Never Walk Alone and also a message of thanks sent to Klopp from actor Daniel Craig, who is a famous Liverpool fan, as well as fellow Reds supporters Will Arnett and Trevor Noah.

During the Q&A, Klopp was in good form. "Aside from marrying Ulla, joining Liverpool was the best decision of my life," he said. Klopp joked that he thought he was coming to England but then found he was in 'Scouseland', adding that he is now the third Scouser to sell out the M&S Bank Arena after Paul McCartney and Jamie Webster.

Klopp also confirmed, the ECHO reports, that he has spoken with new Reds head coach Arne Slot. There are no doubt some nuggets of information that the German can pass on, and he will surely be only a phone call away if the incoming Dutchman wants to chat again in the future.

After an emotional welcome onto the stage, as per the above video, the crowd sang a powerful rendition of You'll Never Walk Alone. Later, after those in attendance burst into Klopp's 'I'm So Glad' anthem, the German was crying onstage.

After holding it together for so long, his pre-event prediction that it was going to be an 'emotional' occasion was proven 100 per cent right. He certainly wasn't the only one to shed a tear on a memorable occasion for those fortunate enough to be present.

This poignant occasion comes just days after Klopp's touching speech at Anfield which saw the Kop legend address the home crowd following his exit from the club. That will be the defining image from his farewell tour over the last couple of weeks, but tonight's event was a special memory too for those in attendance.

On that occasion, he unveiled Slot as the new Reds head coach ahead of the Dutchman's move had been publicly confirmed. The 45-year-old will officially take up residence in the manager's office on Saturday.

Since leaving Liverpool, Klopp has been playing padel tennis and spending time with his family in the Spanish island of Majorca. He will then be back on Merseyside again next month, alongside his wife, Ulla, to attend one of the Anfield legs of Taylor Swift's vastly successful Eras Tour. Hosting the hotly-anticipated music event is expected to net the club a significant windfall.

Klopp has been relatively quiet about his plans post-Liverpool. His wife has instructed him to take cooking classes and dance lessons but it seems unlikely that he will be out of the management game for too long. He does not intend to take a role in the next 12 months but only time will tell what he gets up to next. The German national team job seems like a decent bet.