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Klopp meets press as new Liverpool boss

Jürgen Klopp was introduced to the media as Liverpool manager on Friday morning and spoke of his pride at taking over at one of English football's biggest teams.

Klopp meets press as new Liverpool boss
Jürgen Klopp posing with a Liverpool FC shirt at Anfield. Photo: DPA

“It's a good moment to come here and I feel very proud. It's how the people here live football. It's a special club,” Klopp told reporters at Liverpool FC's Anfield stadium.

The German coach emphasized the importance of changing the mindset at Liverpool after the club's poor start to the season.

“You need to change from being a doubter to being a believer,” he said.

He also suggested that the Merseyside club's rich history is what attracted him to the job.

Liverpool have won 18 English titles and five European cups, more than any other club in English football.

“I am a football romantic. I love all the stories. Anfield is one of the best places in the football word,” he said.

Klopp also revealed that managing Liverpool had been on his mind for some time.

“The first time I came here I wondered what it would be like [to manage the club]. I am a lucky guy,” he told the crowd of journalists.

Liverpool approached Klopp in 2010 and 2012 to take over at the club, but he turned them down on both occasions due to his commitment to Borussia Dortmund.

Dortmund for their part sent their old manager their congratulations through a familiar looking image.

“It's not possible to compare two clubs [Dortmund and Liverpool]. It's a similar situation, no-one's satisfied in this moment,” Klopp said at the press conference.

“But of course it's different, we don't have a pre-season, we're in the middle of the season, some matched have already been played.

“We did in Dortmund what we had to do to improve the players, to work together with them, to work for a common idea of play, that's what we did, and that's the same thing we want to do here. It's not the same players here, they are better and more experienced in some cases, younger in others.

“The problem in football is, you can be as good as you want, you always have to play against another team and you have no influence over how good they are. But in the game, even if they're better, you can bring them onto your level.”

After being asked about his status as a manager and how he compared to Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho, who famously announced himself as “the special one” on his arrival in England, Klopp stayed more humble.

“I'm a normal guy from the Black Forest, I don't compare myself with these genius managers in the history of Liverpool, I don't think about this,” he said.

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British football teams allowed to skip Germany’s quarantine for Euro 2020

Germany's government announced on Tuesday it will allow England, Scotland and Wales to enter the country without quarantine to play at Euro 2020 despite a recent rise in cases linked to the Delta variant of Covid-19 in Britain.

British football teams allowed to skip Germany's quarantine for Euro 2020
One of the venues for Euro 2020 is in Munich. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Sven Hoppe

The three teams could potentially reach the quarter-final held in Munich on July 2nd.

If that were the case, they would be exempt from the rule that travellers from the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland must currently observe a 14-day isolation period due to the virus strain of concern – Delta – first identified in India.

“The people accredited for the European football Championship are exempt from the quarantine obligation, even after arriving from an area impacted by a variant” Berlin said in a statement.

“This exemption concerns all the people who have been accredited by the organising committee for the preparation, participation, the holding and the follow-up of international sporting events,” it added.

The exemption does not include fans, who will be obliged to follow German government self-isolation rules.

Germany declared the UK a ‘virus variant area of concern’ on May 23rd due to rising cases linked to the Delta variant in parts of the country. 

READ ALSO: Germany makes UK ‘virus variant area of concern’: How does it affect you?

This reclassification came just seven days after the UK was put back on Germany’s list at the lowest risk level, and barely a month after it was taken off all risk lists completely.

The ban was put in place despite the UK’s relatively low Covid rates as a precautionary measure.

A general ban on entry is in place for people coming from countries on the ‘virus variant’ list – such as India and Brazil – the highest of Germany’s risk categories. 

There are some exceptions for entering from these countries – for example German residents and citizens. However, anyone who does enter from Germany is required to submit a Covid-19 test before boarding the flight and must quarantine for 14 days on arrival, regardless of whether they are fully vaccinated or not.

READ ALSO: Germany’s new relaxed quarantine and testing rules after travel

Euro 2020 starts on Friday as Italy host Turkey in Rome with the Bavarian city hosting three group games as well as the last-eight match.

Around 14,000 fans will be allowed into the Allianz Arena for the fixtures.

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