Thursday 19 September 2019

Ayre: Klopp 'special one'

Ian Ayre
Ian Ayre

Liverpool have a "very unique and special individual" in manager Jurgen Klopp, according to former chief executive Ian Ayre.

All eyes will be on Kiev tomorrow night as the Reds attempt to chalk up their sixth European crown against a Real Madrid side looking to wrap up their third in a row.

While Zinedine Zidane's men were always among the favourites for this year's crown, Liverpool have come up on the outside thanks to the way Klopp has shaped his exciting, young team.

Few are prouder of the German's work than the man pictured alongside him at his unveiling just over two-and-a-half years ago, leaving boyhood Reds fan Ayre delighted.

"Jurgen is a very unique and special individual," Ayre said.

"What became evident very quickly was how honest and without ego he was, and I think in this sport that's quite unusual.

"He's the sort of person who will defend his view but also listen to other people's views.

"We could have good days and bad days, but we would always act as grown-ups and not let it get between us.

"We had a fantastic relationship and nobody's more satisfied or pleased both for him and the club with what they've achieved this season already, regardless of the outcome on Saturday.

"I think he's done everything that Liverpool and the owners expected of him. He continues to move the club forwards."

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