‘I feel like an alien’: Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp opens up on wearing facemasks and life returning to normal quicker in his native Germany
- Jurgen Klopp has revealed frustration at life returning to normal in Germany
- The Liverpool boss feels strange as the only person wearing a mask and gloves
- But Klopp feels perfectly safe about the return to football with rigorous testing
- Liverpool need just six points to clinch their first league title in three decades
Jurgen Klopp has revealed his frustration at life returning to normal in Germany quicker than the UK and believes the difference in attitude to wearing masks has been a key factor.
Klopp, who confessed he feels strange as the only person wearing a mask and gloves here, gets regular updates from friends and family back home about their visits to the hairdresser or a restaurant.
‘I know exactly how it is here in England and in Germany. If aliens looked at us both from the outside, they would think we came from two different planets,’ he said.
Jurgen Klopp revealed frustration at life returning to normal in Germany quicker than the UK
‘From a personal point of view, I don’t understand why we started wearing facemasks in closed areas like shops on June 15 when other countries were doing it five or six weeks ago.
‘You can argue about whether it makes sense to wear them, but all countries who started wearing facemasks earlier have smaller casualty numbers than here in England. That’s the truth.
‘If you want to enter a shop in Germany, but don’t wear a facemask, then you aren’t allowed in. With a facemask you can go in all the shops you want. You can go to the hairdresser, wherever. Sometimes the people in the shop will wear even more protection like a screen.
The Liverpool boss also admits he feels strange as the only person wearing a mask and gloves
‘When I go to the petrol station here in England I am the only one wearing a facemask and I’m the only one with gloves – and I feel like an alien.
‘I will not stop doing that until someone tells me it’s (the pandemic) is over.’
Klopp, who celebrated his 53rd birthday last week, is on the verge of joining George Kay, Bill Shankly, Bob Paisley, Joe Fagan and Kenny Dalglish as post-war Liverpool managers to have won the league championship.
Liverpool need six points to confirm the crown and play Everton on Sunday and Crystal Palace on Wednesday night.
Liverpool need just six more points to clinch their first top-flight title in over three decades
He feels perfectly safe about the return to football with rigorous testing. But in regular life, he does feel envious when speaking to loved ones in Germany.
‘I know that they live the kind of normal life that we cannot imagine here,’ he says.
‘Restaurants are working as normal. You go in, you sit at your table with your family and friends – but you wear a facemask. You still have a wonderful night.
But Klopp feels perfectly safe about the return to football with rigorous testing carried out
‘That’s how it is. It doesn’t sound so difficult to me, to be honest. Look, it’s not perfect in Germany. People have died and people have been ill.
‘But in terms of living your life it is completely different and when you see the numbers here in England and then in Germany, it makes me think.’
Klopp is relieved that Liverpool will be able to win their first title in 30 years on the pitch rather than having it handed by committee or seeing the season declared null and void.
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