Sunday 18 August 2019

'The only thing that can kill me is losing football games' - Jurgen Klopp opens up on his hospital visit

Jurgen Klopp
Jurgen Klopp
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Jurgen Klopp has insisted his visit to hospital on Wednesday was 'not serious' and hinted the only issue that might force a rapid deterioration in his health would be a run of defeats of his Liverpool team.

Klopp checked himself into hospital after feeling unwell at Liverpool's training base and there was some initial concern that he may be unable to take charge of the team for this weekend's game against Southampton.

Yet a jovial Klopp has insisted he check up revealed no major health issues, as he admitted success on the field will be the best cure to any physical woes.

"I am really completely fine. I told the players the doctor said the only thing that can kill me is if we lose football games," he stated with a smile.

"That's it. It was nothing. It is not that someone should think I have to go back in to hospital ­tomorrow.

"I really have to thank a lot of people, not because it was ­anything that serious, but ­because they were that nice.

"Whatever people say about it, the NHS is not as bad as you think. The only problem is that you should not try to experience it as a public person. The whole world is talking about it.

"It was not a marketing thing by Liverpool! I came into the hospital and, when I passed the first few people, I saw a security man go into his walkie talkie, 'Klopp's in hospital! Did you see him?’"

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