Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp has dedicated Saturday’s Champions League final against Real Madrid in Paris to the people of Ukraine, expressing his support for the country against the Russian invasion.
The match, a rematch of the 2018 final, was scheduled for the Gazprom Arena in Saint Petersburg, but was moved to the Stade de France after its neighbor Russia invaded on February 24.
“I’m happy the game is here for a thousand reasons,” Klopp told reporters. The war continues and we have to think about it.”
The German said moving the final to Paris was “exactly the right message that Russia should be getting”.
Moscow calls the war a “special military operation” to demilitarize and “denazify” Ukraine. Kyiv and the West call it an unprovoked war of aggression.
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“We are playing this final for everyone in Ukraine. I’m sure some people in Ukraine can still watch it and we are doing it for you, 100 per cent,” Klopp said.
Liverpool will be hoping for a third trophy this season after lifting the League Cup and FA Cup, while Real are looking to add to their La Liga triumph and clinch a record 14th Champions League crown.