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What Jürgen Klopp said at Liverpool farewell event as digs aimed at Man Utd and Chelsea

Jürgen Klopp talking during his Liverpool farewell event.
-Credit: (Image: Photo by John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)


Departing Liverpool boss Jürgen Klopp said one final farewell to the Liverpool fans on Tuesday night when attending a special one-off event at the M&S Bank Arena in the city center.

The venue was a sell-out as fans showed their appreciation for the German who ended their 30-year wait for a Premier League title during the 2019/20 season, one year after adding a sixth Champions League trophy to Liverpool's collection. Klopp completed the set during his eight-and-a-half-year tenure with the Reds, as he also won the FA Cup, League Cup (twice), Club World Cup, and UEFA Super Cup.

Klopp was an emotional figure on stage as fans sang his name one final time, with the 56-year-old breaking down in tears on stage. He had already said his formal farewell at Anfield after Liverpool beat Wolverhampton Wanderers on the final day of the Premier League season, but wanted to have one final "good time" before officially heading out.

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The German joked when arriving on stage at the M&S Bank Arena, saying he was the third scouser after Paul McCartney and Jamie Webster to sell-out the venue. Klopp then made the ultimate admission to Liverpool fans, summing up their relationship since 2015.

Klopp only stayed at Liverpool until 2024 after receiving permission from his wife, Ulla, who is also a very popular figure around the red half of Merseyside. Fans even thanked Ulla during the final game of the season, for allowing Liverpool to keep hold of Klopp for longer than expected.

Live on stage, Klopp declared that joining Liverpool was the second-best decision of his life. "Aside from marrying Ulla, joining Liverpool was the best decision of my life," Klopp said, to a huge roar from the fans.

He then added to his legacy even further, saying that he initially thought he was coming to England before realizing the difference between the rest of the country and Liverpool. Klopp stated that upon arrival he realized he had moved to 'Scouse Land' and not England.

Klopp was asked some cheeky questions by host John Bishop, who mentioned Manchester City's ongoing investigation of 115 financial fair play charges. With Liverpool being pipped to the title by City on two occasions under Klopp's reign, and a slim chance that their punishment could see them forfeit titles, Klopp was asked what he'd do if Liverpool were crowned champions pending the investigation.

"If you organize a bus parade, I’m in! How long it takes, I don’t care how long," Klopp said. The German then fired shots at both Chelsea and Manchester United, in separate statements. Klopp initially addressed his relationship with the Liverpool owners Fenway Sports Group when being asked about the support they gave him, but he managed to swing the conversation into a dig at Chelsea owner Todd Boehly.

"The owners do what owners do, surprise! The owners want to earn money. Sorry to tell you that," Klopp added. "It’s not like they earn money on a daily basis: they invest something and that’s how the whole world goes. We should be really happy we have them and not guys who bought London clubs.

"I wouldn’t have survived a year at Liverpool. Finally they [Chelsea] play football which everyone thinks 'Oh, they might be back’ and then they sack the manager anyway."

Klopp was then asked about his man-management style, and indirectly called out Erik ten Hag for how he handled the Jadon Sancho situation. "If the whole world loses trust and faith in the player, the manager has to be the one behind the player," he added. "I cannot just buy into that 'he’s useless', like other clubs did by the way buying a player for £80m [Sancho] and then sending him out on loan!"

From one Dutch manager to another, with Klopp stepping aside Liverpool have already agreed terms with Arne Slot, who will be faced with the mammoth task of replacing the German this summer. Slot was previously linked with Tottenham Hotspur but remained at Dutch giants Feyenoord, and left the club after winning the KNVB Cup.

Klopp confirmed he's spoken with the new leadership team at Liverpool ahead of Slot's arrival, and confirmed to the fans that they'll be in safe hands. "I spoke to pretty much everybody on the new leadership team. He's a really good manager," Klopp said.

The event wasn't completed until Klopp performed one final fist pump to the crowd, with 11,000 fans joining in. Klopp may no longer be Liverpool boss, but he will always be talked about in the city for what he's done.

Liverpool.com says: The event was an emotional occasion completely befitting the relationship that there is between Reds fans and the departing manager. He will rightly go down as a legend and will be welcome back any time. For many of those in attendance, this will be some form of closure having known the day was coming for a few months.