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Jurgen Klopp calls for special atmosphere ahead of Anfield debut

Jurgen Klopp says he wants fans to get behind the team and deliver their “unique” atmosphere at Anfield when Liverpool take on Rubin Kazan on Thursday night.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, October 21, 2015: Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp during a training session at Melwood Training Ground ahead of the UEFA Europa League Group Stage Group B match against FC Rubin Kazan. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

It will be the first time the German has walked out in front of the Kop as Liverpool manager, with renewed positivity and belief among fans since his appointment two weeks ago.

“This is my first time as manager of Liverpool for a game at Anfield and it is something that will be very important for me and my staff,” Klopp wrote in his matchday programme notes on the club’s official website for the Europa League clash.

“You [the fans] have a vital role to play in what we are looking to achieve. You are a very special group of supporters and the atmosphere you create is unique.

“I ask that you believe in this team and believe that together we can achieve great things.

“We must all stay together and look to enjoy the experience of following such a great club.”

Watch Jurgen Klopp preview Liverpool v Rubin Kazan


Repeating sentiments which went down very well with fans during his unveiling interview with LFCTV, the 48-year-old showed empathy with supporters.

He added, “Football should be about joy and fun and that must be reflected throughout the entire organisation.

“The team will go out and battle for you and look to represent you, the club and the city in how we approach our work: this is my commitment.”

Fans’ group Spion Kop 1906 have also called for fans to raise the volume for Klopp’s first game at Anfield.

Liverpool v Rubin Kazan gets underway at 8.05pm and is live on BT Sport in the UK. This Is Anfield will have more build-up, live coverage and reaction throughout the day.

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