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Departing Klopp pens ‘love letter’ to regional daily readers

Departing Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has penned an emotional ‘love letter’ to the city via the pages of a regional daily.

The legendary football boss, whose final game in charge took place yesterday, expressed his gratitude to the city in an open letter to the Liverpool Echo.

The Echo has also produced a 64-page standalone supplement looking back at Klopp’s years in charge, pictured below, which can be purchased for £4.99.

The German is credited with bringing the glory days back to Anfield with eight major trophies including the Champions League in 2019 and the Premier League title in 2020.

In the letter, published in Saturday’s edition, Klopp acknowledged the “big role” that the Echo plays in the city and thanked readers for welcoming him with “open arms.”

He wrote: “Before I came to Liverpool I had never written a letter to a newspaper in my life. Now I am writing my second letter to the Liverpool Echo which probably tells you a few things.

“The first is I am probably now at ‘that age’. The second is that this is a newspaper that plays a big role in this city. The third is that it is a great way for me to speak to as many people who live here as possible.

“The most important reason, though, is that it is time for me to say Goodbye. I know that this is no longer news but it is important that I say it to you.

“For me, Liverpool is the city of open arms. A place that welcomes you like a son and does not care where you come from. It just wants you to be part of it and I could not be prouder that you allowed me to have that incredible privilege.

“A city that gives this kind of welcome deserves at the very least a proper farewell.

“When I think of this city and its wonderful people, the biggest lesson I will take with me is that giving up is definitely not in the Scouse dictionary.

“The way you stand together, in all kinds of circumstances, means that even when the odds are against you it is still possible to win. I love this more than I could ever say.”

The open letter can be read in full here.