Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp has joined the Common Goal Charity as a practical way of demonstrating his appreciation for his side’s victory over the Champions League triumph last season.
Jurgen Klopp’s move is in line with what lots of world stars in the world of football are doing — like Manchester United’s Juan Mata and FIFA women’s player of the year Megan Rapinoe. Klopp has given up one percent of his salary to support the work of charities across the world.
The 52-year-old Liverpool manager, who was awarded FIFA men’s coach of the year on Monday, told the Players Tribune of the tough times he went through in the early part of his career as an amateur footballer, having to work in a warehouse just to support his young family.
While seating on the pressure seat of struggling to deliver Liverpool’s first Premier League win in 30 years, Jurgen Klopp said that he and his boys have the luxury of no longer living in the ‘real world’.
“We should not forget what it was like when we had real problems. This bubble we live in is not the real world. I am sorry, but anything that happens on a football pitch is not a real problem. There should be a bigger purpose to this game than revenue and trophies, said Klopp.
“Just think what we could accomplish if we all came together and gave one percent of what we earn to make a positive difference in the world. Maybe I am naive. Maybe I am a crazy old dreamer. But who is this game for? We all know damn well that this game is for dreamers,” he added.
After a sharp comeback from losing the first match of their Champions League semi-final 3-0 to Barcelona to beat the Spanish champions 4-0 at Anfield in May, Liverpool won their sixth European Cup by defeating Tottenham 2-0 in Madrid.
On their come back to Liverpool, an open-top bus parade took Liverpool players passed hundreds of thousands of celebrating fans, who were chanting victory songs on the city’s streets.
“If you could’ve put all the emotions, all the excitement, all the love in the air that day and bottled it up, the world would be a better place. I have not been able to get the emotion of that day out of my head. Football has given me everything in my life. But I really want to do more to give back to the world,” added Klopp.