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Klopp’s restored belief, says Liverpool star

Liverpool FC's young German midfield star Emre Can has spoken of how Jürgen Klopp has lifted the team in his short time at the club.

Klopp's restored belief, says Liverpool star
Emre Can. Photo: DPA

“In recent weeks we stopped believing in ourselves. Jürgen Klopp has given us this belief in our own strength back,“ Can told Bild newspaper.

At just 21, Can has already become an integral player in the Liverpool team and has recently been called up into the German national team as reward.

The ex-Bayern Munich and Bayer Leverkusen player described how Klopp has shown the side how he differs to other trainers since his official appointment on October 9th.

“He is much more emotional, he'll put an arm around your shoulder,“ he said.

“I was really surprised myself how good Mr Klopp's English is,“ said Can. “His relaxed but motivating style comes across in team meetings. He's managed to throw in a few jokes to relax the situation. He does that really, really well.“

Speaking of Klopp's effect on his own game, Can expressed delight that the ex-Borussia Dortmund coach had returned him to his favoured position in midfield during the club's recent match against Tottenham Hotspur.

“Jürgen Klopp knows that I feel good in midfield, and I'm grateful he's trusted me to play in this position.“

“He expects from me that I'll contribute a lot offensively. As of yet I haven't scored a lot of goals for Liverpool.“

The younger German also allowed himself to dream of titles, despite Liverpool languishing in the middle of the Premier League.

“We must believe that we can achieve everything. We have a lot of quality in our ranks. Now it has to be our goal under Klopp – just like Dortmund – to grab the title.“

SEE ALSO: Klopp meets press as new Liverpool boss

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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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