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Colleagues tip Klopp to break Liverpool hoodoo

Borussia Dortmund boss Hans-Joachim Watzke and Alex Ferguson are tipping Jürgen Klopp to bring success back to Liverpool, but legendary goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel says it won't be so easy.

Colleagues tip Klopp to break Liverpool hoodoo
Jürgen Klopp. Photo: DPA

“I am convinced he will write a similar success story like he did here with us,” Watzke told German daily Bild on Sunday.

Klopp won the 2011 and 2012 Bundesliga titles and steered Dortmund to the 2013 Champions League final, where they lost 2-1, at Wembley, against Bayern Munich in the first all-German final, before he quit in May.

The 48-year-old has a contract to manage the sleeping Merseyside giants until June 2018 and will take charge of his first Premier League game against Tottenham Hotspur next Saturday.

In his first Liverpool press conference on Friday, Klopp said he wants to win 'a title within four years', which ex-Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel said could have been an error.

“First mistake..?? Others have made the same promise! #It'sNotThatEasyMrKlopp,” tweeted Schmeichel.

Schmeichel knows what he is talking about having kept 129 clean sheets for United in 310 Premier League games and won the title five times with the Old Trafford giants.

But former United boss Ferguson, who won 13 English titles between 1992 and 2013, predicts Liverpool could become pretenders to the Premier League crown under Klopp.

“He's a strong personality, very strong, very stubborn, determined and his performances, and his career at Dortmund was a stellar rise to the top and I think he'll do very well,” Ferguson told broadcaster ESPN having met Klopp on coaching courses.
“I don't like saying that, being Liverpool, because I'm worried about it but, no, he'll do well.”

Watzke is sure Klopp will not set about boosting the Liverpool squad by raiding Borussia's squad for stars such as Marco Reus, Mats Hummels, Neven Subotic or Ilkay Gundogan.

“I am 100 percent sure that nothing will be done behind our backs and Jürgen will never do anything that may damage Borussia, because we're too close and experienced too much together,” said Watzke.

“Liverpool has many parallels with Borussia and everybody in Dortmund will cross their fingers for the Reds.”

The Dortmund CEO says he is determined to travel to see a Liverpool game at Anfield and wanted to see the match at Chelsea on October 31, but it clashes with Dortmund's Bundesliga match at Werder Bremen.

“But we'll go at the next opportunity,” added Watzke.

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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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