Jurgen Klopp: Trent Alexander Arnold Explains Why He Was Moved to Tears at Liverpool Boss' Farewell

Jurgen Klopp: Trent Alexander Arnold Explains Why He Was Moved to Tears at Liverpool Boss' Farewell

Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe
May 20, 2024 at 5:59 PM
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  • Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool farewell left everyone emotional
  • The Reds' Trent Alexander-Arnold was visibly left in tears
  • The German boss spent nine successful seasons at Anfield

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Liverpool star, Trent Alexander-Arnold, has opened up about the emotions that swept over him as Jurgen Klopp bid farewell to the club on the final day of the season.

The German, who had earlier announced his decision to step down as Reds boss, oversaw his last match as the Reds beat Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-0 on May 19.

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Trent Alexander-Arnold was overcome by emotions during Jurgen Klopp's final farewell at Anfield on May 19, 2024. Photos by James Baylis - AMA and Nick Taylor/Liverpool FC.
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How Klopp's Liverpool farewell unfolded

Goals from Alexis Mac Allister and Jarell Quansah in the first half sealed a victorious end to Klopp's nine-year tenure at Anfield - a stadium brimming with emotion, per SuperSport.

Following heartfelt embraces with his players, Klopp addressed the home crowd, urging them to support incoming manager, Arne Slot, who had been announced as his successor.

As he conducted his customary fist-pumps in front of the Kop, Alexander-Arnold, who had spent his entire club career under Klopp's guidance, was visibly moved and openly wept.

Alexander-Arnold explains why he cried

When questioned about the poignant moment and Klopp's significance in his life, Liverpool's vice-captain confessed to being overcome with emotion.

"I've been a big part and felt a big part of it. The manager has made me feel a big part of it," he said, as cited by TIA. "I’ve developed as a man, as a player, under his guidance. None of this is possible without him."

The German manager handed Alexander-Arnold his debut as a teenager in 2017, and the full-back has never looked back, evolving into one of the best right-backs in world football.

The defender was quick to acknowledge the pivotal role Klopp has played in shaping his career as a footballer and his life in general.

"There’s not much you can say for a person who’s made everything come true for you. He’s changed my life and everyone around me, my whole family. This was all possible through him. I can never say thank you enough for that. He made my dreams come true, so a big thank you to him for that," Alexander-Arnold added.

Emotional Guardiola pays tribute to Klopp

Sports Brief also reported that among the farewell messages to Klopp, none perhaps is as touching as the one from his greatest rival over the years, Pep Guardiola.

Despite often prevailing over Liverpool in title races, the Spaniard has consistently acknowledged that the presence of the German coach made him a better manager.

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Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe is a Ligue 1, Bundesliga, and La Liga editor with five-year experience. He previously worked with Sports Corna and 360SportsGH.
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