Fans’ solidarity moves Juergen Klopp
Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp said the show of support for Cristiano Ronaldo during their 4-0 win over Manchester United on Tuesday was the “moment of the game”, as both sets of fans stood for a minute of applause following the death of his newborn son.
Ronaldo and his partner Georgina Rodriguez had announced in October last year they were expecting twins but said on Monday that one of the two babies had died.
The Portuguese forward, who did not play on Tuesday, was given a standing ovation by fans in the seventh minute, with Liverpool supporters singing You’ll Never Walk Alone while their United counterparts applauded.
Both sets of players walked onto the pitch wearing black armbands.
“Pretty sure if you ask anybody about it, my moment of the game, even when it was very important and a great result, was the seventh minute when our people showed pure class,” Klopp told reporters.
“The whole stadium together showed pure class, in a moment where we obviously, everybody knew since yesterday, since I heard first time about it, so many things they are much more important in life than football.
“Obviously, we really feel for Cristiano and his family.”
Ronaldo’s family thanked Liverpool fans. Posting on Instagram, Ronaldo’s sister Elma wrote: “Thank you for this Liverpool. We will never forget what you did today.”
Fellow sibling Katia added that the gesture went “way beyond football”, while Ronaldo’s mother, Dolores Aveiro, posted a quote from the bible.
She wrote: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. “In all your way acknowledge Him and he shall direct your paths.”