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Klopp unable to attend mother’s funeral

Jurgen Klopp was unable to travel to Germany for his mother’s funeral on Tuesday because of the current travel restrictions in place due to Covid-19.

The Liverpool manager paid an emotional tribute to Elisabeth after her death, aged 81, but he could not attend her funeral in person.

The German government has banned all UK arrivals due to the new coronavirus variant originating in England, with restrictions currently in force until February 16 but expected to be extended.

“She meant everything to me,” Klopp told German newspaper Schwarzwaelder Bote. “She was a proper mum, in every sense of the word.

“As a devout Christian, I know she’s now in a better place.

“The fact that I can’t be there at the funeral is because of these awful times. As soon as circumstances allow, we’ll give her a wonderful, fitting commemoration.”

Liverpool were refused entry to Germany to play RB Leipzig in the Champions League later this month due to travel restrictions.

The last-16 tie, which was originally due to take place at the Red Bull Arena in Leipzig, has been switched to the Puskas Arena in Budapest on February 16.

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