Jurgen Klopp receives the Freedom of Liverpool
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- Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp receives the freedom of the city
- The ceremony took place at Liverpool Town Hall this evening
Jurgen Klopp has vowed to defend Liverpool “forever” as he received the freedom of the city.
The Reds boss received the honour on Wednesday evening in a ceremony held at Liverpool Town Hall.
Speaking before the ceremony, Liverpool FC
boss Klopp said: “The city of Liverpool is home, that’s how it is.
“We arrived here more than seven years ago, from the first moment people are very open, very friendly.”
He said he felt “very honoured and very privileged” to be given the freedom of Liverpool.
Referring to the right to drive sheep through city streets which comes with the honour, he said: “I’ve read a little bit about this, what it means.
“I read something about sheep in the city and stuff like this, I’m not 100% sure, but one of the duties is to defend the city, or in the past it was.
“I know they meant it differently but I will, with words, forever.”
Klopp, who is German, is the only foreign national to be given the honour apart from Nelson Mandela.
Hillsborough campaigner Margaret Aspinall, whose son James, 18, was one of 97 Liverpool fans who died in the 1989 disaster, was among friends, families and dignitaries at the ceremony to see him receive the honour.
Klopp said he met Mrs Aspinall soon after joining the club.
He said: “I cannot be more impressed to be honest, it’s unbelievable.
“We had a fairly close relationship from the beginning.
“I’m a person who really cares but Margaret helped me with understanding the situation because it was obviously quite long ago.
“I think it actually says the most about the club and the people in the city that we don’t forget it, in the right way.”
Mrs Aspinall said she was “absolutely delighted” to see him receive the honour.
She said: “He’s a great ambassador for our club and also our city.
“He’s just a great manager, a great human being, a great personality and a great humanitarian.”
Klopp, 55, became Liverpool manager in 2015 and under him the club has won the Champions League, the Premier League and the FA Cup.