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‘Forget it’ – Jürgen Klopp sends plea to Liverpool fans ahead of Chelsea game

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Jürgen Klopp found himself as the center of attention for Liverpool fans against Norwich after he announced he would be leaving the club at the end of the season.

Jürgen Klopp has called for Liverpool fans to ‘forget’ about his impending departure from the club after an emotional afternoon at Anfield in the FA Cup.

Liverpool cruised into the fifth round thanks to a 5-2 win over Norwich City. Goals from Curtis Jones, Darwin Núñez, Diogo Jota, Virgil van Dijk and Ryan Gravenberch saw the Reds safely through to the last-16 stage of the competition.

Following on from his announcement that he will be leaving the club at the end of the season, Klopp inevitably became the center of attention at Anfield. It took less than a minute for supporters to start signing his name, with the German’s song repeated on a couple of occasions later in the game.

Klopp has been eager to play down any reaction he will get following his announcement on Friday. The Liverpool boss has also previously urged fans not to sing his song during games, preferring the attention to be turned to his players instead.

And while acknowledging the reception from the supporters, Klopp once again repeated his wish ahead of Wednesday’s clash against Chelsea. “It was great for the fans to show their love to me and we need an atmosphere on the pitch,” Klopp said live on ITV after the game.

“We need the crowd and for them not to think about the manager. We need to forget it for a while and go for each opponent like crazy and that’s what we want to do and the next chance is on Wednesday.”

Reflecting on the win over Norwich, Klopp said: “Good game, cup game, Norwich had their moments and scored wonderful goals but they did well. Their second goal was exceptional, really good finish.

“Our goals were wonderful, we played well from the beginning. Four of our five goals were set up by academy graduates which was really cool so only positives from the game.”

Liverpool.com says: Klopp’s probably fighting a losing battle here. As much as he doesn’t want to be the center of attention, it’s going to be near-impossible for him to convince fans not to sing his name following his announcement on Friday.

With it being the first game since then, he was always going to have to grin and bear it. Fans might let up and the song might get less of an airing during games, especially big ones like Chelsea on Wednesday, but Klopp might just have to put up with hearing it more often.

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