Jurgen Klopp was unable to attend his mother’s funeral on Tuesday as Liverpool players and the club offered their support to the manager following her passing.
The German paid an emotional tribute to Elisabeth, 81, as it was confirmed that she had passed away on January 19.
Klopp’s mother, Elisabeth, has sadly passed awayAFP
Her funeral was held on Tuesday, but Klopp wasn’t allowed to attend due to travel restrictions.
He told German newspaper Schwarzwaelder Bote: “She meant everything to me. She was a real mum in the best sense of the word.
“As a devout Christian, I know she is in a better place now.
“The fact that I can’t be at the funeral is due to the terrible times, but as soon as the circumstances allow, we will hold a wonderful commemoration that is appropriate to it.”
Klopp, whose father passed away in 2000, last saw Elizabeth on her 80th birthday.
The German government is restricting travel from the UK to stop the spread of a new strain of coronavirus.
The strict rules have seen the first leg of Liverpool’s Champions League last-16 tie away to RB Leipzig moved to Budapest.
Liverpool shared their support for Klopp on social media following the death of his mother by telling him ‘you’ll never walk alone’.
Andrew Robertson, Jordan Henderson and Virgil van Dijk were among a host of Reds stars who quoted the post on their Instagram stories.
Henderson paid his respects onlineInstagram
Van Dijk also quoted the Liverpool postInstagram
Liverpool’s rivals, Manchester United, were among a number of clubs who offered their condolences.
United tweeted from their official account: “Heartfelt condolences to Jürgen and his family, from everyone at United.”
Arsenal and Tottenham also paid their respects, while Atletico Madrid and Barcelona sent their well-wishes to Klopp and his family.
Meanwhile, the Premier League said: “The thoughts and condolences of everyone at the Premier League are with Jurgen, his family and his friends at such a difficult time.”
Heartfelt condolences to Jürgen and his family, from everyone at United. https://t.co/1L7o2uHCHy
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) February 10, 2021