Jurgen Klopp has praised Arsenal’s respect and support during tributes to the victims of the Hillsborough disaster.
Ahead of Arsenal’s match against Liverpool at Anfield at the weekend, tributes were paid to the victims of the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, as we approach its April 15th anniversary.
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta and club captain Martin Odegaard laid flowers in front of a memorial for the victims the day before the game, Gunners staff wore ’97’ badges, and the two teams observed a minute’s silence pre-match.
As well as the players observing the silence, the fans in both ends also stayed impeccably quiet, and many inside the ground reported that there were no chants about tragedies or social issues during the game – following the problems in the Chelsea match.
Responding to the tributes and support shown by Arsenal and the fans, Jurgen Klopp told his press conference he was touched.
“First and foremost, last week was the most respectful minute of silence I have ever witnessed,” Klopp said. “Tomorrow morning, Hendo and I will go and show our respect, and not for one second has this ever been a duty.
“If people don’t understand it, it’s their fault. But Arsenal’s support was touching, to be honest.”
It shouldn’t be hard for the fans to show respect in these kinds of moments, but unfortunately that’s not always the case, even with Arsenal fans.
It was refreshing to see there were no issues during or surrounding Sunday’s game, and that should be the example for all future fixtures.
The drama was all out there on the pitch between the two football teams, as it should be.