Jurgen Klopp 'breaks rules' after being 'told' to steer clear of five topics at Liverpool farewell

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 28: (THE SUN OUT. THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Jurgen Klopp during the event at the at M&S Bank Arena on May 28, 2024 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)
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Departing Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said he was advised to not speak about five topics at last night's emotional farewell.

The legendary boss aid a final goodbye to Liverpool supporters with an event at the M&S Bank Arena on Tuesday evening. The 56-year-old took part in a Q&A, hosted by John Bishop and Peter McDowall, as he shared stories from his incredible stint in charge of the Reds.

Klopp was reflecting on the Premier League title-winning side of 19/20 that went on a 44-game unbeaten streak as the manager shared his frustrations with people's complaints at the time there wasn't enough goals from midfield. He said: "We won like 20 games in a row and we're talking about Jordan Henderson not scoring enough goals.

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"Wow. That's a really good description of the world we are living in. So, if you have luck, see it and be happy about it. Brilliant football team, brilliant characters, we were at that time definitely the mentality monsters."

Klopp went on to say he was advised there were five topics to steer clear from during last night's discussions as he said: "I got a list. Nobody told me what we are talking about, but I got told what we are not talking about.

"TNT. No 12.30pm discussion. We don't talk about referees. Sorry, I would but we don't." Bishop stepped in and said: "Hang on, can I just tell you? No-one showed us the list."

Klopp laughed as he added: "I tell you now. We don't talk about Man City. I don't know why. We don't talk about financial things. I don't know why. VAR. So we don't talk about that."

However, the comedian host turned the subject on to City as he said: "Jurgen, we are happy to talk about everything. One of the things that I do want to ask you because it came up time and time again in those list of questions. There's a reality to this situation.

"You leave this club and you leave this club having won the Premier League once. There could be a court decision that means you've won the Premier League three times."

While Klopp guided Liverpool to the Premier League title in 2020, his team narrowly finished behind Pep Guardiola's City side in two closely fought races in the 2018/19 and 2021/22 seasons, missing out on the championship by a single point with hauls of 97 and 92. City, however, remain under investigation as the club has been hit with 115 charges for alleged breaches of the Premier League's Profit and Sustainability Rules.

Klopp responded to the question as he vowed to be there if the Reds are retrospectively awarded a Premier League trophy. He said: "If you organise a bus parade, I'm in. How long it takes I don't care.

The host joked Steve Rotheram was in the crowd so the Metro Mayor could arrange having the roads closed for any future parade. Bishop added: "The problem with football is there are so many layers that influence it and some of it is out of your control."

However, Klopp went on to clarify he is content with what the Reds achieved during his spell in charge as he said: "I'm still a happy man. I came in here tonight and would obviously change a few things, but not for me personally. I come here tonight and say goodbye, would you be in a different mood if we had won the league three times instead of one time?

"I know it's all about success but the relationship we created is independent of trophies. It's based on trust, togetherness and the experiences we made together.

"The trophies are important. If we didn't win anything, we would have had the farewell party after one and half years and that's not the same obviously. I learned it so early in my life as a manager. Not getting promoted by a point and then later not getting promoted [at Mainz] by a goal teaches you sometimes.

"You can try absolutely everything and still get nothing for it. But if you don't try then you definitely get nothing. So we kept trying and, from time to time, things came together and clicked and we won."

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