Sunday 19 January 2020

Jurgen Klopp's first task as Liverpool boss was to watch a Hillsborough documentary

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp on the club's pre-season tour in America
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp on the club's pre-season tour in America

Harry Clarke

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has opened up on his "love" for the people of Liverpool after what they did following the Hillsborough tragedy in 1989.

The Anfield supremo revealed that one of his first tasks after being named Kop boss was to watch the Hillsborough documentary and, in an interview with ESPN, he says the families' fight for justice has inspired him.

Families of the 96 Liverpool fans who died in Hillsborough on April 15, 1989, finally got justice earlier this year when it was ruled that they were "unlawfully killed", bringing an end to a bitter 27-year campaign for the truth to be heard.

While Klopp says he knew about what happened in 89, when he was confirmed as Liverpool manager he took it upon himself to learn more about the tragedy.

"I love this city for what they did in the 27 years after Hillsborough," said Klopp in an interview with ESPN.

"The nonstop fight for justice, the way they all stuck together. At the memorial, I heard Evertonians talking about it and how they were affected and the respect that exists.

"You know, it's easy to say it's only football, but here there is so much more behind it.

"In such an awful tragedy, we saw so much unity in a city like Liverpool. I don't think that's something to take for granted. There are many other places where it would not happen. That's one of the things that makes this city special."

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