Jurgen Klopp’s mother Elisabeth died aged 81; her funeral took place in Germany on Tuesday but the Liverpool manager was unable to attend due to travel restrictions.
Klopp said: “She meant everything to me, she was a real mum in the best sense of the word.”
The German government has banned all UK arrivals due to the new coronavirus variant originating in England, with restrictions currently in force until February 16 but expected to be extended.
As a devout Christian, I know she’s now in a better place.
“The fact that I can’t be there at the funeral is because of these awful times. As soon as circumstances allow, we’ll give her a wonderful, fitting commemoration.”