‘Jurgen Klopp is made for Liverpool like Bill Shankly’, says CEO Peter Moore who also rebukes fans who ignored advice to celebrate Premier League title at Anfield

Peter Moore has compared Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp to the great Bill Shankly, saying the current manager was ‘made’ for the Merseyside club having guided them to the Premier League title.

But, the Liverpool CEO has also criticised the supporters who flouted social distancing rules and ignored club guidance on Wednesday night to celebrate the Reds’ trophy lift outside Anfield.

Liverpool’s Premier League trophy lift ceremony was free-to-air on TV to encourage supporters to stay at home to celebrate

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Liverpool’s Premier League trophy lift ceremony was free-to-air on TV to encourage supporters to stay at home to celebrate

But thousands of Reds ignored the official advice and flocked to Anfield to support their team

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But thousands of Reds ignored the official advice and flocked to Anfield to support their team

The club, their players, manager Klopp and even the mayor of Liverpool gave out countless messages for fans to stay away and celebrate at home ahead of Wednesday’s festivities.

But for some the temptation was just too much, as thousands of fans again flocked to Anfield to celebrate, set off flairs and lit fireworks that were seen and heard by the players on the pitch before the game had even finished.

It was inevitable that some would defy the club’s instructions to stay away. This title win is 30 years in the making, after all.

But, in an exclusive interview with talkSPORT host Jim White, the club’s CEO Peter Moore admitted he was really disappointed with what he saw, as he praised the supporters who did listen and celebrated safety within their homes.

“There’s a global pandemic going on and we tried very hard,” Moore said.

“It was unfortunate that people felt compelled. I understand why, but am I comfortable with it? No.

“We’re living in a different world, we’re living in a world where people are dying every day and I think that as temping as it was for everybody to come I just wish everybody was able to stay at home.

Thousands joined in the celebrations as the evening progressed, with the Liverpool players eventually leaving Anfield in a team bus for a private party

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Thousands joined in the celebrations as the evening progressed, with the Liverpool players eventually leaving Anfield in a team bus for a private party

“The huge majority stayed at home with their friends and families and celebrated at home and Sky, to their credit, helped us enormously, I was delighted they were able to put this game on its Pick platform to make it free to air, and what a show they, the Premier League and the club put on.

“But it was unfortunate that people chose to not adhere to the advise of the manager and the players and gathered outside Anfield.

“I just hope and I pray there are no repercussions weeks from now and that nobody is going to be negatively impacted in days to come here.”

Klopp told the press after lifting the trophy he was gutted fans were not able to be there in person to celebrate with the team, but the manager did everything he could to try and connect with the supporters at home despite the circumstances.

While the players were understandably wrapped up in their own celebrations, Klopp addressed the cameras directly on a number of occasions, knowing that millions of Reds were at celebrating home.

Jurgen Klopp understood everything about Liverpool FC, its fans, the expectations, its way of doing things, its history, its baggage, its personality, what was needed – and, most importantly, *how* to do it.

He did it. He said he would. #LFCchampionspic.twitter.com/8q2vDDwHnD

— Jim Boardman (@JimBoardman) July 22, 2020

He sent fist-pumps, kisses, claps and his trademark beaming smile their way down the camera lens, in just a small token on his part to help fans feel involved, but one that would have had a huge impact to those watching, knowing they were not forgotten.

The evening was a sign of just what Liverpool means to Klopp, and what Klopp means to Liverpool

And Moore said he is ‘cherished’ by everyone at Liverpool, as the CEO compared him to the clubs’ legendary boss.

“Shankly came in 1959 and soon thereafter said: ‘I was made for Liverpool and Liverpool was made for me’. I think Jurgen can probably say the same thing,” the Reds chief added.

“He’s a leader of men, charismatic, a brilliant tactician and coach, the players adore him, he has been absolutely superb not just on the pitch for the 90 minutes but seven days a week in leading this club.

“He has given the city and the global fanbase something to look forward to after a 30 years of being so close and nearly there and we didn’t quite make it.

“Last night you could see it on his face, you could see what it means to him.

“Jurgen has been magnificent.

“And for those who don’t have the pleasure of knowing him, let me tell you that what you see is what you get. There’s no facade, this is a brilliant leader and somebody we cherish.”

Listen back to talkSPORT’s interview with Liverpool CEO Peter Moore IN FULL above


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