‘I was really proud… it is an important message’: Jurgen Klopp reveals Liverpool stars ‘spontaneously decided’ to take a knee in ‘extraordinary’ Black Lives Matter protest in centre circle of Anfield pitch
- Liverpool players all took a knee around the centre circle of the pitch at Anfield
- They showed solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement during training
- Georginio Wijnaldum tweeted the powerful image and wrote: ‘Unity is strength’
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said it was ‘extraordinary moment’ when his players took a knee in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.
The Reds boss revealed it was the players who spontaneously decided on Monday they should group together to make a stand following the death of African American George Floyd, who was killed in US city of Minneapolis on May 25.
There have been demonstrations and protests across the world after a white police officer continued to kneel on Mr Floyd’s neck for several minutes, even as he said he could not breathe.
The Liverpool squad stopped training to show solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement
The first-team squad took a knee midway through their first training session back at Anfield
Klopp told German broadcaster Sky Sport: ‘For us, dealing with each other and Black Lives Matter is very natural – especially if you look at our team: we have players from Africa, from England and so on with a corresponding background. It is already so natural for us that at first we didn’t even think about sending a message.
‘But then the boys were struck. Then they spontaneously decided on this action. I’ve been very proud of the guys for a long time, but that was another extraordinary moment. When I saw them there and this picture was taken. Then I was really proud because it is also an important message.’
The Liverpool squad made a powerful gesture in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement during their training session at Anfield on Monday.
Some Liverpool players wore the home shirt, others the away and a handful wore training gear
Each of the players took a knee around the centre circle, facing the camera higher up in the stand. A point was made of the stars wearing different versions of the club kits with some decked out in red, others in the away black shirt and a handful wearing training gear.
Georginio Wijnaldum shared the affecting image on social media, writing: ‘Unity is strength’.
It was the first training session Jurgen Klopp’s side have had at Anfield as a team since the season was suspended due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and they chose to stop the session to make a powerful statement.
They were the first Premier League side to offer up a collective act of support for the Black Lives Matter movement but a host of sport stars have also voiced their support.
Jurgen Klopp said he felt overwhelmed with pride when his players decide to make a stand
George Floyd’s death on May 25 has sparked widespread calls for justice across the US
Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho unveiled a ‘Justice for George Floyd’ shirt on Sunday
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