Sunday 18 March 2018

Jurgen Klopp set for Anfield debut as Liverpoool make parody Barack Obama 'Hope' poster

Jurgen Klopp answers questions at a press conference in Liverpool yesterday
Jurgen Klopp answers questions at a press conference in Liverpool yesterday

Jack de Menezes

Liverpool will welcome Jürgen Klopp to Anfield for the first time tonight when they take on Rubin Kazan in the Europa League, and the club have created a commemorative poster of the new manager to celebrate the occasion.

However, the poster is actually a parody of the famous Barack Obama ‘Hope’ poster used in the United States president’s successful campaign back in 2008. For Obama, the poster proved to be a lucky omen as he went on to become the president of the most powerful country in the world, but will it prove the same for Klopp?


Klopp made a modest start to his Liverpool tenure in the form of a 0-0 draw with Tottenham last weekend and the club’s supporters will be confident of achieving their first victory of the Klopp era against Rubin.

A win would also kick start the side’s Europa League campaign after successive 1-1 draws with Bordeaux and Sion, and Klopp has urged the fans to believe in both him and the squad to go on and “achieve great things” together.

“You [the fans] have a vital role to play in what we are looking to achieve. You are a very special group of supporters and the atmosphere you create is unique,” Klopp wrote in his programme notes.

An image of Jurgen Klopp in a parody of the Barack Obama 'Hope' poster

“I ask that you believe in this team and believe that together we can achieve great things. We must all stay together and look to enjoy the experience of following such a great club.”

Klopp added that while football can be high-pressure and a cut-throat business, it is important to retain the enjoyment factor.

“Football should be about joy and fun and that must be reflected throughout the entire organisation,” he added.

“The team will go out and battle for you and look to represent you, the club and the city in how we approach our work: this is my commitment.”

Independent News Service

Sport Newsletter

The best sport action straight to your inbox every morning.

Editor's Choice

Also in Sport