Jürgen Klopp drops hint about City charges as he bids farewell to Liverpool | Jurgen Klopp

Jürgen Klopp said he would celebrate with a bus parade if Liverpool won the two Premier League titles they lost by one point to Manchester City as he bid a tearful farewell to fans on a night of tribute to “Danke Jürgen”.

The former Liverpool manager returned to the city for a rousing farewell in front of 11,000 fans at the M&S Bank Arena, nine days after his last game at Anfield. Klopp revealed he has had “good conversations” with his successor Arne Slot and broke down in tears as fans repeatedly chanted “I’m so glad Jürgen is red” after a montage of his best moments at Liverpool was played. . All proceeds from the event went to the Liverpool Foundation, the club’s charity for which Klopp will be an ambassador.

During a lengthy question and answer session hosted by comedian John Bishop and LFC TV presenter Peter McDowall, Klopp happily mentioned that he had been told not to talk about TNT Sports or the 12.30pm kick-offs, referees, Manchester City, financial issues and VAR. Bishop, however, raised the issue of City beating Liverpool to the title by a single point in 2018-19, when Klopp’s side finished the season with 97 points, and again in 2021-22.

“You leave this club having won the Premier League once,” Bishop said. “There could be a court decision that means you’ve won the Premier League three times…” Klopp interrupted: “If you organize a bus parade, I’m in! “I don’t care how long it takes.”

The 115 charges against City for alleged breaches of Premier League regulations was one of the most requested questions by Liverpool fans on Bishop’s Instagram. The city continues to deny the charges.

Another was whether Klopp felt he had received enough financial backing from the club’s owners, Fenway Sports Group. He responded with a criticism of Chelsea’s owners and their decision to sack Mauricio Pochettino at the end of last season.

“Can you imagine LFC as a club with unlimited money?” Klopp said. “Imagine if Kylian Mbappé came here. Imagine if Bellingham came here, Haaland. It’s not us, it just doesn’t fit. We won what we won and we did it the Liverpool way. We had difficult conversations and other clubs didn’t do the same at the same time.

“We built two new stands, a new training ground, we bought back Melwood; the dumbest idea I ever heard was that we sold it in the first place. Owners do what owners do. Surprise! The owners want to make money. I’m sorry to tell you that. It’s not that they make money every day: they invest something and that’s how the whole world goes.

“We should be very happy to have these owners and not guys who bought London clubs and other things. He wouldn’t have survived a year at Liverpool (with them in charge). ‘Great development but not good enough, fire him!’ A year later: ‘Fire him.’ They finally play football and people think they might come back and they fire the coach anyway. People always think the grass is greener, but we have owners who really feel responsible for the club and also work very hard to be successful. I felt supported. “We did it as well as we could and I’m fine with that.”

In what could also be seen as a criticism of Manchester United’s treatment of Jadon Sancho, Klopp said it was the manager’s responsibility to support a struggling player. And he added: “If the whole world loses trust and faith in the player, then the coach has to be the one behind the player. I can’t just believe that “he’s useless” thing like other clubs did, by the way. Buying a player for £80m and then sending him out on loan!