Liverpool boss Jürgen Klopp is fond of reminding fans that there are more important things than football. We fans are equally fond of forgetting this fact—particularly when the world outside of football has not been a great for many in 2016. Regardless, Kloppo is a man who practices what he preaches, and Christmas day is a great example.
“Tradition-wise, in Germany it’s a little bit different,” Klopp said in an interview with Premier League Productions. “In Germany we celebrate Christmas on December 24.”
Thank you, Jürgen for remembering those of us on the continent who are already busy with our holiday preparations, which in my case consists largely of drinking and trying to figure out if I’m a good practitioner of hygge.
“On December 25 we will train in the morning at 11am, so everyone will be home around about 1pm. From this moment on it will be a normal Christmas Day for all of us, maybe apart from the analysts!
“But for the rest of us, it’s a normal Christmas Day and we all will enjoy it with our families, which is how it should be.”
Generally speaking my morning holiday ritual does not include training with world class athletes. But then again I’m not a world class athlete, so I guess this is normal with an asterisk.
Although we shouldn’t have to be reminded that our beloved Reds are actual people who deserve a bit of holiday cheer themselves, we clearly do and Klopp is good at driving that point home.
For those of you enjoying Christmas today or tomorrow—even if your traditional Christmas meal happens to differ from turkey, duck, or ham—we hope it’s a merry one. And if Festivus or something completely different is your thing, we hope that’s a great one too. Cheers, prost, skål, and all the rest to the Reds around the world!