Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool exit announcement left former star crying – ‘I’ll write to him’ | Football | Sport

Former Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita has revealed that he was left in tears after hearing that Jurgen Klopp will be departing Anfield at the end of the season. The 56-year-old stunned the football world on Friday when he announced his decision to step down in the summer, bringing an end to his nine-year spell in charge of the Reds.

Keita won seven trophies under Klopp including the Champions League, Premier League and Club World Cup before leaving to join Werder Bremen in the summer. The 28-year-old, who is currently on international duty with Guinea at the Africa Cup of Nations, has admitted that he had tears in his eyes when he was informed of Klopp’s impending exit.

Speaking to RMC Sport, Keita said: “I’m not on the networks but when they told me, I had tears in my eyes. He took me to Liverpool as his son and I consider him my dad. I wish him the best for the rest of his life. I’ll try to write to him afterwards. Such is life, I bumped into him and I wasn’t disappointed. We got trophies.”

Keita’s time at Liverpool was blighted by a string of injury problems but he still managed to make 129 appearances for the Reds during his five years at the club. It seems clear that he developed a strong bond with Klopp, who is famed for the man-management skills that will be sorely missed when he leaves Liverpool in the summer.

A number of potential replacements have already been linked with the upcoming Anfield vacancy, with former Reds midfielder Xabi Alonso thought to be the early favourite. The Spaniard has led Bayer Leverkusen to the top of the Bundesliga table and they recently became the first side in German football history to remain unbeaten after their first 25 games across all competitions.

Alonso refused to rule out the possibility of managing Liverpool next season when quizzed on the topic last week, saying: “That’s a direct question! I don’t have a direct answer. I’m happy here right now, that’s for sure, and only thinking about Leverkusen.”

Meanwhile, tickets for Klopp’s final match in charge of Liverpool at Anfield are selling for as much as £18,000 on a blackmarket website, according to The Mirror. The former Borussia Dortmund boss will manage his last home game with the Reds when they face Wolves on the final day of the Premier League season.

The seats in question are in Block L5 at the front of the Main Stand at Anfield, which are situated just behind the Liverpool dugout. Tickets in other areas of the stadium are reportedly being listed for upwards of £2,000 before VAT, booking fees and service charges are taken into account.

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