RIP Gerard Houllier: Ex-Liverpool boss dies aged 73
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has paid tribute to former Reds manager Gerard Houllier following his death at the age of 73. It was announced on Monday that Houllier had passed away. Houllier managed Liverpool between 1998 and 2004 and led the club to a cup treble in the 2000/01 season.
Tributes have flooded in from Houllier’s former colleagues and players throughout today.
And now current Liverpool manager Klopp has given his reaction to the news.
“It is really, really, really a sad day,” Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com.
“I didn’t know Gerard too well – I met him a couple of times, but in those few moments he created a relationship with me which was really special.
“He is a true Liverpool legend and he is a true coaching legend. He was really influential in the game. A great coach, but a human being who gave you a really warm feeling when you were around him. For all of us it is a big loss and a really sad day.”
Klopp revealed how Houllier would message him after matches, even if his Liverpool team lost.
“I met him before I came to Liverpool and I knew him a little bit then,” Klopp added.
“When I arrived here, one of the first messages I received – and I didn’t even know he had my number – was from Gerard Houllier.
“I know he had other clubs – worked for other clubs, was successful with other clubs – but the way he described it, Liverpool was his club, his real club where he probably felt still connected more than any other clubs.
“He was really supportive from the first day; between now and then, always messages came in after big games, big defeats, big wins and all these kind of things. In between, Gerard really texted and told me, ‘That was right… that was wrong… I know the situation…’ and all this kind of stuff.
“He was a really, really, really nice and gentle person. I miss him now already. Maybe the only good thing you can say in the moment is he will never be forgotten here.”
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