Saturday 29 April 2017

Jurgen Klopp pays classy tribute to Seamus Coleman in programme notes ahead of Merseyside Derby

Jurgen Klopp has paid tribute to Seamus Coleman (inset)
Jurgen Klopp has paid tribute to Seamus Coleman (inset)

Harry Clarke

Jurgen Klopp has paid a classy tribute to Seamus Coleman ahead of today's Merseyside Derby at Anfield (kick-off 12.30).

Coleman faces months on the sideline after breaking his leg in Ireland's 0-0 draw with Wales at the Aviva Stadium last week following a horror challenge from Neil Taylor.

The Donegal man has received a flood of well wishes as he begins a long road to recovery and classy Klopp used his programme notes today to pass on is regards.

"I would like to pass on my regards and best wishes to Seamus Coleman, who due to very unfortunate circumstances is not available to play today," Klopp wrote.

"I do not know him personally, but as a football supporter I love his character, his positive approach to the game and his commitment to his club.

"There is a lot to admire about this player and it is his personal qualities that will help him as he recovers from this setback and returns to the game."

Villa boss Steve Bruce, meanwhile, has defended his man Taylor.

Bruce said: "He's never going to forget about it but he's got to try and get on with it. He's naturally saddened because it's certainly not Neil Taylor. He's recovered from a serious injury himself (a broken ankle in 2012) so he knows what it is.

"He's very disappointed with what's happened, it's saddened him as it's saddened all of us. He's just got to knuckle down and get on with it.

"He was reckless, he understands that. He hesitated and was in two minds whether he should go for the challenge but he's caught him. It's part and parcel, we see it every week and players get injured, although none of us want to see it.

"One of the great players in the world (Gareth Bale) could have had a red card one minute before it but thankfully it wasn't as bad on John O'Shea."

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