Liverpool boss Klopp writes tear-jerking tribute to AC Milan ‘hero’ Kjaer for helping save Christian Eriksen’s life
LIVERPOOL boss Jurgen Klopp has hailed AC Milan defender Simon Kjaer as a “hero” forward of their Champions League battle at Anfield.
Klopp paid tribute to the Dane in his programme notes for his half in helping to save worldwide team-mate Christian Eriksen’s life after he suffered a cardiac arrest at Euro 2020.
Kjaer was praised on the time for the easiest way by which he led his Denmark staff in such troublesome circumstances and consoled Eriksen’s distraught accomplice Sabrina on account of the midfielder obtained treatment on the pitch.
Ahead of AC Milan’s Group B go to to Merseyside, Klopp wrote: “I’m usually extra eager to focus alone gamers significantly than an opponent, nonetheless tonight I’ve to make an exception.
“This evening time it’s attainable that Simon Kjaer will line up in course of us and this may very well be a one which I contemplate has the respect of the complete soccer and sporting world.
“Like millions of others, I was rocked by the scenes that unfolded at the European Championship in the summer when Christian Eriksen fell ill during Denmark’s opening group game.
“There had been many heroes that evening time time, not least of all of the distinctive medical professionals for the Danish nationwide staff, contained in the stadium and subsequently on the hospital.
“But Simon shone that traumatic day for his non-public conduct.
“The picture of the Danish gamers shielding their teammate as he was cared for will, for my half, eternally be just a few of the enduring in sporting historic earlier.
“It showed the best of humanity. Compassion, care and love for their friend.
“Honestly, I don’t perceive how he managed to not solely preserve his non-public composure in that state of affairs, nonetheless to have the readability of concepts to make the alternate options he did in that second. His conduct humbles us all.”
Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has echoed the phrases of his gaffer as he prepares to face the 32-year-old Kjaer on Wednesday evening time time.
The Milan veteran – together with the Danish medical staff – might be going considered one of many recipients of the 2021 Uefa President’s award.
In a sequence of tweets referring to his non-public programme notes, midfielder Henderson mentioned: “I’d like to welcome AC Milan’s Simon Kjaer to Anfield this evening.
“He set new requirements of administration all by way of Euro 2020 when Christian Eriksen fell ailing.
“I’m unable to even start to think about what which have was like for the Denmark gamers and I’m vastly relieved that Christian continues to make a restoration, nonetheless as a captain I could not assist nonetheless be impressed by the easiest way by which Simon carried out himself and led his staff.
“I’ve seen that Uefa have given Simon and the Denmark medical staff the President’s Award, and that’s each turning into and deserved.
“But I hope Simon also knows that he has the respect and admiration of everyone in football for what he did that night.”