BREAKING NEWS: Jürgen Klopp is devastated after the death of his mother. The Liverpool manager is BLOCKED from attending the funeral of the 81-year-old, who “meant everything” to me due to the Covid travel rules in Germany
- Jürgen Klopp’s mother Elisabeth died on January 19 at the age of 81
- Liverpool’s manager was unable to attend the funeral due to Covid-19
- Klopp paid tribute to his late mother and said: “She meant everything to me.”
- He said a “wonderful remembrance” will be planned when restrictions ease
- Germany has banned travel from the UK for fear of the spread of variants of Covid
Jürgen Klopp’s mother Elisabeth has died at the age of 81 and the Liverpool native was unable to attend her funeral on Tuesday due to travel restrictions for Covid-19.
Klopp lives with his family in Liverpool and is not allowed to travel to his home country because he is afraid of spreading variants of the coronavirus.
In an interview with the newspaper Schwarzwalder Bote, Klopp paid tribute to his mother, who died on January 19, with the words: “She meant everything to me” and that a “wonderful commemoration” is planned when the trip starts again.
Elisabeth Klopp, the mother of Liverpool manager Jürgen (right), has died at the age of 81
Klopp introduced himself with his mother Elisabeth in 2011 when he was the manager of Borussia Dortmund
The 53-year-old said: “She meant everything to me. She was a real mother in the best sense in the world. As a devout Christian, I know she is in a better place now. ‘
He last visited Elisabeth on her 80th birthday in Germany. However, due to the travel restrictions imposed by the German authorities, he cannot attend the funeral in person.
“The fact that I cannot attend the funeral is due to the terrible times,” added Klopp. “As soon as circumstances permit, we will hold a wonderful commemoration befitting it.”
Klopp on the verge of Liverpool’s 4-1 defeat by Manchester City on Sunday
Covid-19 travel rules
Travelers from Great Britain are currently only allowed to travel to Germany:
- When they return to their place of residence or for an urgent humanitarian reason such as urgent medical treatment or immediate family bereavement.
- If you carry out a negative test for Covid-19 when entering Germany and passengers have to prove a negative test at the beginning of the trip
- The test must be carried out less than 48 hours before entering Germany
- Upon arrival, travelers must isolate for 10 days even if they test negative, with some areas having a chance of just five days of isolation
Jürgen was born in 1967 and is the youngest of three children who emerged from the marriage of Elisabeth Reich and Norbert Klopp in 1960. Stefanie was born in 1960 and Isolde in 1962.
Norbert died in 2000 after a short illness at the age of 66, just a few months before Jürgen got his first coaching job at Mainz.
Elisabeth was the second oldest of four children from Eugen and Helene Reich who owned a brewery in the town of Glatten. Her professional life began when she and her oldest sister Marianne delivered boxes of beer to taverns and ran the family’s grocery store.
She married Norbert Klopp, who learned the craft of making fine leather bags after meeting at a dance. Norbert was also a goalkeeper and had exams with the well-known German club Kaiserslautern.
The same travel restrictions imposed by the German health authorities, which are designed to prevent mutated Covid-19 strains originating in the UK from entering the country, mean that Liverpool will have to play the first leg of their Champions League round of 16 against RB Leipzig in Budapest next week.
Liverpool’s form has been faltering in recent weeks as hopes of retaining the Premier League title have faded.
They lost to Burnley, Brighton and Manchester City at home in the league and ended the FA Cup against Manchester United after January 19.
More will follow.