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Why Jurgen Klopp 'turned down' Champions League TV role as ex-Liverpool boss shows true colors

Jurgen Klopp speaks to people at Wembley ahead of the Champions League final between Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid at Wembley
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Jurgen Klopp reportedly turned down the chance to appear as a pundit during Saturday’s Champions League final, choosing instead to attend as a ‘fan’.

The former Liverpool boss was at Wembley at the weekend to watch his old team Borussia Dortmund take on Real Madrid in European football’s showpiece event. Klopp was spotted alongside his wife Ulla, with Dortmund fans giving him a rapturous reception.

The game didn’t quite go in his or Dortmund’s favor though. Carlo Ancelotti’s side claimed a 15th European crown to continue its domination of the continent’s premier club competition.

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Having now left Liverpool, Klopp plans to take at least a year off from football, leaving him free to attend as many games as he likes. As well as taking in Saturday’s final, Klopp has revealed his plans to watch some of this summer’s Euro 2024, as well as heading back to Anfield to see Taylor Swift.

The 56-year-old though is still much in-demand, and has reportedly already received offers to appear on TV. According to media consultant John Bradley, Klopp was offered a ‘fortune’ for a punditry role during the weekend’s final, as well as an opportunity to be part of UEFA’s 'VVIP'.

In response, the German is claimed to have said: “Eden Terzic was always there to support my Dortmund, so I’m going as a fan to support his Dortmund.”

There is certainly a mutual respect between Terzic and Klopp. Speaking about the former Liverpool boss’s decision to leave Anfield back in January, the 41-year-old said: "I know Jürgen and I know he thought this decision through carefully. He is an outstanding person and an incredibly great coach.

“He shaped our club like no one else. He has done the same at Liverpool. I am sure that there will be another station somewhere in his coaching career where he will do a similarly excellent job."

Liverpool.com says: We wonder who might have offered Klopp a gig on TV for Saturday’s final. If it was TNT Sports, it shouldn’t come as any surprise that he turned them down, even if he would have drastically improved their usual output.

Going to support Dortmund, and Terzic in particular, shows Klopp’s class though. He deserves a break more than most, but he clearly isn’t going to forget anyone who has supported him along the way.

It's a shame how the match turned out. Between the final being at Wembley and the opponents being Real Madrid, it's enough to trigger some nasty old memories for Klopp.