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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says minute’s silence for Queen is ‘right thing to do’

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp tells fans that respecting a minute’s silence for the Queen at Anfield is ‘the right thing to do’ after booing God Save the Queen at Wembley months before her death

  • Queen Elizabeth II passed away on Thursday afternoon at the age of 96
  • Football should restart tomorrow, with Liverpool hosting Ajax at Anfield
  • It is expected that there will be a minute of silence before the match starts
  • Liverpool supporters hooted the national anthem at Wembley in May
  • Jurgen Klopp thinks a minute of silence for Queen is ‘good to do’
  • He insists he will not tell Liverpool fans how to pay respect to the Queen

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp believes that observing a minute’s silence for the Queen ahead of his side’s clash against Ajax on Tuesday is the ‘right thing to do’.

The Queen passed away last Thursday at the age of 96, leading to UK football being postponed this weekend, but Liverpool will host the Dutch champions at Anfield, and there is expected to be a minute’s silence before kick-off.

Klopp thinks this is an appropriate way of paying respect to the Queen, but has made it clear that he will not be telling Liverpool supporters how to pay tribute to Britain’s longest-reigning monarch.

Jurgen Klopp thinks a minute of silence for Queen is ‘good to do’

Liverpool fans hooted the national anthem in May, but Klopp expects them to respect the minute of silence at Anfield on Tuesday

Liverpool fans hooted the national anthem in May, but Klopp expects them to respect the minute of silence at Anfield on Tuesday

Asked about the minute’s silence at his pre-match press conference, Klopp said: “I think this is the right thing to do, but I don’t think our people need advice from me to show respect.”

His comments come after Liverpool fans chose to cheer God Save the Queen at Wembley ahead of their FA Cup final against Chelsea in May.

Klopp has pointed out that fans at Anfield gave Cristiano Ronaldo a minute of applause after the tragic death of his son in April, despite the Portuguese star playing for one of the club’s biggest rivals, Manchester United.

He admitted he was “proud” of the fans’ response to Ronaldo and believes it is a good indication that supporters in the stadium will act respectfully during the minute of silence.

Liverpool fans took part in a minute of applause for Cristiano Ronaldo earlier this year after the tragic death of his infant son

Liverpool fans took part in a minute of applause for Cristiano Ronaldo earlier this year after the tragic death of his infant son

“One of those that surprised me, and one that I was very proud of, was last year when we played against Manchester United around a very sad situation involving Cristiano Ronaldo’s family. It’s clear to me that we had to do that,” he added.

Klopp paid his own personal tribute to the Queen, greeting her as a “warm and loving lady” before confirming that he would respect the minute of silence.

He continued: ‘She was a very nice, warm and loving lady. She is the only Queen of England I have ever known. I didn’t know her, but she was nice and warm. People feel so close to her and I have great respect for their grief.

“I will show my respect in silence tomorrow night.”

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