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Jurgen Klopp urged everyone to follow the experts’ advice. Photo: Tim Goode/PA

Jurgen Klopp urged everyone to follow the experts’ advice. Photo: Tim Goode/PA

Jurgen Klopp urged everyone to follow the experts’ advice. Photo: Tim Goode/PA

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has given a lengthy inter- view reflecting on his emotions after football was shut down because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Speaking to the club's website, Klopp urged everyone to follow the health and safety guidelines set out by the government, as he suggested that would be the best way to get football up and running again as soon as possible.

"We said it now often enough, and I think everybody knows, football is not the most important thing in the world," he said.

"At this moment it's clear what is, but the only way to get football back as soon as poss-ible, if that's what the people want, the more disciplined we are now, the earlier we will get, piece by piece by piece, our life back. That's how it is.

"There is no other solution in the moment, nobody has another solution. We have to be disciplined by ourselves, we have to keep the distance to other people.

"The curve will flatten, that's the most important thing.

"And then at one point, we will play football again as well, 100pc. I couldn't wish more for it because of a few really good reasons, how you can imagine.

Solidarity

"I can't wait, actually, but even I have to be disciplined and I try to be as much as I can."

Klopp insisted he was not qualified to talk about the coronavirus outbreak when quizzed ahead of football's shutdown.

"I understand very well that I'm a football manager," he said. "In this moment we have the chance as human beings.

"In the future, in 10, 20, 30, 40 years, if we look back and then the conclusion is that this was the period when the world showed the biggest solidarity, the biggest love, the biggest friendship or whatever, that would be great, that would be really great.