World Health Organisation chief thanks Klopp for "powerful" coronavirus message

The head of the World Health Organisation has thanked Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp for his "powerful message to the world" on coronavirus, and also praised the efforts of several other sports stars in helping combat the pandemic.

WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned of the impact of a global pandemic last year, and is now focusing his efforts on minimising the damage done to the world's population by COVID19.

One of those ways is to get messages out to people via differing means and through famous faces, and the Ethiopian says Klopp and Liverpool struck the right tone once it was confirmed that Premier League football would be suspended on Friday.

"Thank you Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool Football Club for your powerful message to the world," Ghebreyesus tweeted.

"Put people's health first, reduce risks, care for the vulnerable and compassion: this is the WHO way. We will win the fight against COVID19 if we are working together."

Ghebreyesus also went on to praise other sports stars including Paul Pogba, Cristiano Ronaldo and Alisson Becker for their messages in support of WHO's efforts.

"This is a time for promoting health and protecting people from coronavirus," he wrote in a second tweet.

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