As the knockout stages of Euro 2020 kick off, Gareth Southgate’s England are matched up against Joachim Low’s Germany. And while it’s easy to forget that Liverpool legend Jurgen Klopp, is not in fact a Scouser, his comments on his home country offer a quick reminder. In an interview with Bild, Klopp expressed optimism at Germany’s opportunity to fight back against Southgate’s team, saying:
“To write off Germany now, it would be crazy.
“We played well against France, Portugal we dominated like hardly any other opponent in recent years.
“We struggled against Hungary, yes. But nothing more happened. Sometimes as a team you need such a game.
“And now we’re going to make a real go of it on Tuesday.”
Klopp’s own club captain, our beloved Jordan Henderson, might feature in the rival lineup.
England progressed to the knockout stages after beating Croatia and drawing against Scotland. Henderson made his first Euro 2020 appearance in England’s game against the Czech Republic, in which he came on after half-time.
In a presser he was asked about Klopp’s impact on the game and the England-Germany rivalry. Henderson replied that Klopp is “very influential at Liverpool, a lot of people love him” and has also had a big influence on English football.
Hendo quick to praise Jurgen Klopp's impact in English football ahead of Tuesday's meeting at Wembley! pic.twitter.com/PFgvdwwu8U— Liverpool FC News (@LivEchoLFC) June 27, 2021
England vs. Germany kicks off at 5PM BST at Wembley on Tuesday, June 29th.