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Jurgen Klopp has taken to speculation about his future at Liverpool, assuring fans that they don’t have to worry about his mental state.
Social media has been inundated with messages of support for Klopp amid a difficult period, both for Liverpool and in his personal life. The German lost his mother last week and was unable to attend the funeral in his home country due to travel restrictions.
In the aftermath of Saturday’s loss to Leicester, a banner was displayed at Anfield’s Kop end bearing the simple message “Jurgen Klopp YNWA”.
That loss, and his emotional press conference that followed, also generated reports about his future. While some well-meaning voices suggested that he might take a short break from management to recharge his batteries, others went so far as to claim that he might leave Liverpool entirely in the coming weeks – a bit of a tabloid take, considering his recent success and strong bond. he has with the fans and the players.
Speaking ahead of Tuesday’s clash with RB Leipzig, Klopp said: “I don’t need a break. Everybody knows privately that it’s been a difficult time, but it wasn’t just the last three weeks, it was longer before that. Always We treat it like a 100% family.
“I heard about both [the banner and future speculation]. I don’t feel like I need any special support right now, but it’s good. Rumors that I’m leaving or taking a break? Is not true.
“Thanks for all the support, people tell me about it. I am very grateful for it. But they can think of other things since no one has to worry about me.
“We do it for our people. I would rather fight this fight with our people in the stadium so that we can show true unity and togetherness. We still fight together but in different places. “
Club captain Jordan Henderson later spoke at the same press conference and also dismissed suggestions that Klopp could step aside.
“I don’t think it is necessary to comment on something like that,” he said. “Someone is sitting behind a keyboard making rumors about the coach and the players. There is no truth to that.”