Liverpool players have been told not to touch the famous ‘This Is Anfield’ sign by Jurgen Klopp.
It’s traditional for players to tap the sign as they make their way through the tunnel onto the pitch, but Klopp believes his team must earn the right to do so.
The charismatic German coach revealed that it’s a sign of “respect” and needs to be treated as such.
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"I've told my players not to touch the This Is Anfield sign until they win something,” Klopp was quoted as saying by Tony Barrett following Liverpool’s dramatic 4-3 victory over Borussia Dortmund in the Europa League on Thursday night. “It's a sign of respect."
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Klopp touched the sign while in charge of BVB
Klopp once touched the famous sign when he brought his Borussia Dortmund side to Liverpool for a pre-season friendly.
However, the 48-year-old could argue that he was entitled to, not knowing whether that would be his first and last visit to Anfield.
Klopp is already a firm favourite at Anfield
As it happened, it would be the first of many.
After leaving Dortmund following seven years with the Bundesliga outfit at the end of the 2014-15 campaign, Klopp was appointed Liverpool manager after Brendan Rodgers was sacked in October.
Thursday night’s win over his former employers was undoubtedly the best moment of his Liverpool tenure so far - and also one of the best moments of his managerial career to date.
Klopp, whose win percentage at Liverpool is slightly under 50 per cent, is already a firm favourite amongst the Anfield faithful.
But he will cement his status as an instant Liverpool hero by winning the Europa League.
“It was a wonderful, wonderful night,” a delighted Klopp was quoted as saying by the Guardian following Thursday’s dramatic victory over BVB. “That was football at its best, a great game to experience for everyone involved. We wanted to be brave but that becomes more difficult when you go behind so early, though in the end I think the result was deserved.
“We might have got a little bit lucky but we never stopped trying and we created a lot of chances.”
Is Jurgen Klopp right to stop his players touching the ‘This Is Anfield’ sign until they’ve won something? Have your say by leaving a comment below.
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