Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was unable to travel to Germany for his mother’s funeral on Tuesday due to current travel restrictions at the venue amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Klopp paid an emotional tribute to Elisabeth after her 81-year-old death, but it is understood she was unable to attend the funeral in person in her native Germany due to fears of spreading Covid-19 strains from high-risk countries.
“She meant everything to me. She was a real mother in the best sense of the word,” Klopp told the German newspaper Schwarzwaelder Bote.
“As a devout Christian, I know she’s in a better place now.
“The fact that he can not be at the funeral is due to the terrible times,” Klopp added. “As soon as circumstances permit, we will celebrate a wonderful commemoration that suits him.”
Germany has banned travelers from Britain due to the new covid variants. Exceptions are allowed for people experiencing “immediate family bereavement”, but quarantine restrictions have been introduced in the UK.
There is a 10-day quarantine period for British citizens returning from abroad.
Klopp’s father died in 2000, at the age of 66, of an illness.
Meanwhile, an angry Klopp tried to stop a reporter from asking a question after Sunday’s 4-1 defeat at Manchester City.
Klopp was in a sinking mood after City ignited style to sink Liverpool in the second half at Anfield.
Klopp also had a meeting with Sky’s Geoff Shreeves before attacking an Israeli sports journalist on the pitch.
Journalist Niv Dovrat of the Israeli TV channel Sport 1 asked Klopp if his team could catch Man City with his Liverpool team at 10 points.
Klopp, however, was not very receptive to the question and said Dovrat should “better prepare for his job”.
Klopp told Dovrat: “I really think you should better prepare your work to be honest. How can you ask whom?
“They are at 13 points, as I understand it, and those questions about becoming champions – do you really think it’s appropriate right now.”