He’s every scouser’s favourite German football boss, and he’s about to pick up a new fanbase of Liverpudlian song contest fans. Liverpool football club manager Jürgen Klopp has endorsed the city’s bid to host Eurovision 2023.
Speaking with media on Friday 30 September ahead of Liverpool’s clash with Brighton, Mr Klopp shared his thoughts about his adoptive city hosting the world’s biggest song contest.
Jurgen Klopp pledged to put his support behind the hosting if it meant boosting the city’s economy.
Jurgen Klopp declares support for Eurovision 2023 in Liverpool
The 55-year-old admitted to not knowing a lot about Eurovision, but insisted it would be a great thing to have the contest come to Merseyside — and shared his love for Liverpool’s party culture.
Mr Klopp told reporters: “I’m excited [about Eurovision] because traditionally, we were really bad… Germany, I mean.”
“I don’t know exactly how this competition works because we watch it, but it’s perverse, you know that you are going to get three points from Austria definitely and these kinds of things.”
“I think it’s pretty famous in Germany, for watching it. When I was at Borussia Dortmund, we always watched it in the team hotel before the game and all that stuff. But we would never win it!”
As expected, the sportsman was somewhat baffled by the questions on Eurovision, cracking a grin as he discussed his lack of knowledge about the contest. Nevertheless, he expressed an interest in bringing the world’s biggest TV show to his city.
He added: “Liverpool is a city where you can have a good party so if there are people coming here and you want to have a party, we can do it.”
Jurgen Klopp is well-loved by football fans across the city. The German manager has lead LFC to seven trophy wins, including the Premier League 2019-2020 and the UEFA Champions League 2018-2019.
Liverpool is one of the final two cities up for consideration by the BBC and the EBU to host Eurovision 2023. The other candidate is Glasgow.
A decision on the host city is expected some time in the autumn.
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