Klopp: I hope the protests do not get between us and the fans

Jurgen Klopp hopes that fan protests about the club’s ticket prices does not cause a rift between the supporters and the players. 

Supporters groups say there will be no flags on the Kop for the first leg of Liverpool’s Europa League quarter-final against Atalanta on Thursday. It is in response to the club raising the price of season tickets and members by 2% for next season.  

Following the announcement, the club’s primary fan groups Spirit of Shankly, Spion Kop 1906 and Kop Outs released a joint statement saying that no “meaningful consultation” had taken place with them about the issue. 

Spion Kop 1906, which organises flag and banner displays on The Kop, has since said “there will be no flags on The Kop for Thursday night’s game”. 

Klopp said he understands where the supporters’ frustration comes from but hopes it does not cause a rift between the fans and the players. 

He said: “As long as people are there, it’s all good. “I understand the concerns and the discussion. We want to have the people in the stadium, and we want to make it available for everybody. 

“We are a self-sustaining club – every pound we make goes back into the football club. I understand 100% where the supporters are coming from, and I am sure they will find a solution. 

“What we should make sure is that nothing gets between us and the supporters. 

“In between the two big whistles, we just have to be Liverpool – that’s what I’m asking for. 

“It would be worse if only the flags would be in the stands and nobody else. They will find a solution for sure.”

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