Jurgen Klopp has given an updated view on hearing his own song during games at Anfield, suggesting he no longer has a problem with it.
The manager, famously, has been adamantly against the singing of 'Jurgen is a Red' (to the tune of the Beatles' 'I Feel Fine') during matches for superstitious reasons – even castigating supporters earlier this season for starting the chant ahead of the final whistle of the win over Bournemouth back in August.
Back then, Klopp was seen gesturing to the stands and could even be heard saying: "Can you stop singing that sh*t?"
However, in light of recent events, the boss has taken a more laid-back approach.
Following the announcement of his decision to stand down as Liverpool manager at the end of this season, it was always going to be the case that the fans would want to pay tribute to Klopp in Sunday's FA Cup game – regardless of his desire to be kept out of the spotlight.
Andy Robertson suggested Klopp was 'fighting a losing battle' over not hearing his song, which rang out in the stadium early into the Reds' 5-2 win over Norwich on an emotionally-charged afternoon at Anfield.
Speaking in his post-match press conference after the game, the 56-year-old admitted that fans are free to do what they want.
Klopp told reporters: “I said not too long ago ‘don’t sing the song during the game’. People obviously stopped already listening to me, so that’s good! But it’s fine. We won the game and scored after that, so the reason for being superstitious (about singing that song) was done. It was great.
“It’s the first game after it (the announcement) and I’m not here to tell the people what they have to do. It’s just we play on Wednesday again and if we could ignore for 95-100 minutes that the manager is leaving at the end of the season, and just do everything to make it as uncomfortable for Chelsea as possible, that would be great.
“I know the people know that as well, so I don’t have to say it. But it was a wonderful afternoon in all parts of it.”
Meanwhile, Klopp was also asked by beIN SPORTS about the emotional response from the fans and suggested that he is only the centre of attention 'in moments', he's happy.
"This squad is full of potential and I love it."
Jurgen Klopp admits it was an emotional day but waxes lyrical about the future of Liverpool football club after his young side put five past Norwich in the FA Cup.
— beIN SPORTS (@beINSPORTS_EN) January 28, 2024
He said: “I told the people it’s not necessary because I’m not in doubt about our relationship, but people can really do what they want, because they feel it as well.
“They created over the years a sensational understanding of everything we are doing, and so that’s all fine.
“But of course, it’s clear, it cannot be about me the whole game. It was in moments, and that’s fine, and it’s loud as well in the whole stadium.
“As a player you probably don’t understand exactly what the lyrics are. If it’s loud, it’s fine.
“It was all good. It was the first game after the news, and I think the people did exceptional, and now we have another three days to let it settle a bit.
“Then, we can create a very special atmosphere in a football-sense for the Chelsea game.”
Liverpool face Chelsea in the first Premier League game since Klopp's announcement on Wednesday, 31 January.