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What Liverpool supporters did after 57 seconds at Anfield says everything about Jurgen Klopp



The Liverpool supporters serenaded the German early on against Norwich.

The regular band that plays pre-match behind the Kop running through a particularly sombre rendition of The Rolling Stones track ‘The Last Time’ may have been a tad premature.

But the mood outside Anfield in the build-up to this FA Cup fourth round tie against Championship side Norwich City wasn’t quite one of the usual expectation and excitement at another chance to watch this developing Liverpool side in action.

The bombshell news Jurgen Klopp will leave his role as Reds manager at the end of the season hasn’t entirely been fully digested by even the most causal observer, let alone those who have paid their hard-earned to watch his team play every other week for the last eight years or so.

Indeed, the announcement was such a surprise the official matchday programme made no mention of his imminent departure, with deadlines meaning it had gone to print before the decision became public.

Given his insistence on business as usual, it was perhaps exactly as Klopp would have wanted matters. It was, though, a bit of a stretch to expect his imminent departure to pass completely unnoticed by those present.

That said, there wasn’t anything particularly different with the reception Klopp and his backroom staff received when they trotted out for their usual pre-match warm-up around 45 minutes before kick-off in front of the few thousand fans already inside Anfield.

Pep Lijnders, also exiting alongside fellow Liverpool assistant manager Peter Krawietz and elite development coach Vitor Matos, offered a wave to the Main Stand, but that was nothing out of the ordinary. Indeed, when not staring down the preparing opponents in trademark fashion while stood on the halfway line, Klopp spent his time embracing and chatting to the coaching members of Norwich, who are managed by his close friend David Wagner.

As Anfield filled, one or two hastily hand-made placards celebrating Klopp could be spotted. But when he made his way to his seat ahead of kick-off it was with a minimum of fuss.

However, there then followed a particularly loud and defiant rendition of ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ before kick-off to which Klopp, gazing at the Kop from his seat in the dugout, greeted with a beaming smile.

And it only needed a first appearance in his technical area some 57 seconds into the match for the famed stand to break out into their tweaked version of The Beatles hit ‘I Feel Fine’ in celebration of the Liverpool boss.

They remain glad Jurgen is a red. Now is the time to enjoy that more than ever.

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