Liverpool FC boss Jurgen Klopp geared up for Manchester United clash by cheering on his local girls side… and he was even offered chance to referee
Jurgen Klopp once again showed his charismatic personality by spending Sunday morning watching a local girls team at Formby Junior Sports Club.
The German tactician, whose Liverpool side face arch rivals Manchester United on Monday night, took time out of his preparations for the highly anticipated clash to watch 20 minutes of a youth team game.
Klopp, who took over the reins at Anfield in October 2015, was even asked to referee when the scheduled official failed to show up on time for the grassroots fixture.
Jurgen Klopp spent Sunday morning cheering on girls playing for Formby Junior Sports Club
Klopp poses for a picture with Dominic Hamilton after stopping to watch his local side
Tina Hamilton, who is the girls secretary of Formby Junior Sports Club, said the Liverpool chief was his bubbly self as he posed for selfies with local children.
Speaking to Sportsmail, Tina said of Klopp’s surprise appearance: ‘He watched our youth girls. You see him around the village all the time and he was walking around our playing fields.
‘The referee was late so one of the parents asked him if he could possibly ref, he laughed and said “not today”. My sons got a photograph with him and wished him well for Monday night. He stayed for 20 minutes.
‘He watched the first 20 minutes of a girls game. He normally walks his dog around the beach but there’s a lot of space on the playing fields where we are. He was there with his wife and dog, taking some time out before the team [Liverpool] met up on Sunday afternoon.
‘It’s the first time he’s seen the kids properly and in fairness to him there was a fair few teams playing. He was gambling because he could have been mobbed. He was very calm. Very polite. Lovely with the girls and children.’
Klopp is known for marauding up and down the Anfield touchline in a passionate manner but Tina revealed he was the complete opposite when cheering on his local side while wearing Hunter wellies, tracksuit bottoms and a red Jack Wolfskin jacket.
Klopp (left) and Jose Mourinho are preparing to go head-to-head as Liverpool face United
The German got the better of Mourinho when Liverpool won at Chelsea last season
She added: ‘He was very calm which is not what we have come to expect because he is usually so animated. But he was smiling, taking selfies with them. Nothing was too much for the guy.
‘The girls were giddy and he was laughing. Our team won 10-0 but it was all about Klopp being there and having photographs. We just said “good luck” and he said “thank you very much, I appreciate it”.’
Liverpool and Klopp will be hoping they can replicate Formby’s win by claiming a comfortable home victory themselves when they lock horns with Manchester United.
The former Borussia Dortmund boss has a good record against opposite number Jose Mourinho having guided his sides to three wins and one draw during their five previous contests.
Klopp’s Borussia Dortmund face Mourinho’s Real Madrid in the Champions League in 2012
Klopp applauds the Dortmund fans after his side drew 2-2 at the Bernabeu in November 2012
Klopp’s Dortmund side then returned later that season to knock Real out in the semi-finals
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