Liverpool head coach Jurgen Klopp revealed that his family was caught in the Champions League chaos before the Champions League final. The showpiece event was overshadowed to some extent by the scenes taking place outside the stadium. Due to the scenes outside the stadium, the game was delayed by more than half an hour. Police used tear gas or pepper spray on the Liverpool fans outside the stadium. Klopp revealed that some of his family were involved but did not tell him until later.
“I met only a few [people] who were lucky. All the rest I met – my family included – had massive struggles outside. I think it is clear it was massively mis-organized. Whoever was responsible was not prepared for that,” Jurgen Klopp said about the Champions League chaos. “My family sent me messages before the game, ‘We are in the stadium, good luck’ and all these kinds of things – but they were not. This kind of necessary lies you receive. Then after the game, we had this little party. My missus was not ready to party, still exhausted from all the things around.”
“I think all the things that happened there made it possible that the smallest problem we had that night is that we lost the final – incredible after a Champions League final,” he added. “It was obviously really difficult. I was not outside but so many people told me the true story and they were all the same story pretty much, so I know what happened. I was happy when the season was over – not exactly the way it finished, but still happy that we could go on holiday. We had the holiday long enough. I’m more than recharged. Absolutely fine, happy to be back, everything is good.”