May 27, 2022

Klopp says Anfield’s tribute to Cristiano Ronaldo was ‘moment of the game’ as Liverpool boss pays respect to Man Utd ace


JURGEN KLOPP has described Anfield’s show of support towards Cristiano Ronaldo last night as the “moment of the game”.

The Portuguese ace was absent for Manchester United as he grieves the tragic death of his baby son during childbirth.

Anfield took part in a moving gesture of solidarity


Anfield took part in a moving gesture of solidarityCredit: AP
Jurgen Klopp was proud of the classy moment


Jurgen Klopp was proud of the classy momentCredit: Getty

Anfield put rivalry to one side in the seventh minute of last night’s match as they joined visiting Red Devils fans in a moment’s applause, while also singing You’ll Never Walk Alone.

The applause, suggested by Liverpool, was perfectly observed – with players from both sides also wearing black armbands.

Speaking after the game, a proud Klopp said: “It was a real show of class and of course, all our thoughts from the moment we heard about it were for Cristiano and his family and I can’t even imagine how it must be.

“We really feel for him.”

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The 54-year-old then added: “My moment of the game was the seventh minute when the whole stadium showed pure class, so many things are much more important in life than football.

“We feel for Cristiano and his family. That was my moment of the game.”

United interim Ralf Rangnick added: “The atmosphere is great, they love their team and [the fact] they joined in after seven minutes shows they respect that football is more than just supporting one team.”

Ronaldo’s sisters took to social media to thank Liverpool fans for their gestures.

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Elder sister Elma wrote: “Thank you for this Liverpool, we will never forget what you did today.”

While Katia, 44, wrote: “Far beyond football”

Ronaldo took to social media to share his family’s heartbreaking news on Monday evening.

The forward wrote: “It is with our deepest sadness we have to announce that our baby boy has passed away.

“It is the greatest pain that any parents can feel.

“Only the birth of our baby girl gives us the strength to live this moment with some hope and happiness.

“We would like to thank the doctors and nurses for all their expert care and support.

“We are all devastated at this loss and we kindly ask for privacy at this very difficult time.

“Our baby boy, you are our angel. We will always love you.”

Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez are in mourning


Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez are in mourningCredit: AFP