Jurgen Klopp heartbreak as mum Elisabeth dies aged 81 and Liverpool boss cannot go to funeral over Covid-19 travel ban
JURGEN KLOPP has been left heartbroken after his beloved mum Elisabeth died aged 81.
The Liverpool boss will be unable to attend the funeral due to Germany's current coronavirus travel ban.
The 53-year-old chief paid tribute to her with a moving message after the shock announcement.
He told the Schwarzwalder Bote newspaper: "She meant everything to me.
"She was a real mum in the best sense of the word. As a devout Christian, I know she is in a better place now."
He added: "The fact that I can't be at the funeral is due to the terrible times.
"As soon as the circumstances allow, we will hold a wonderful commemoration that is appropriate to it."
He last visited Elisabeth on her 80th birthday.
Klopp's dad Norbert passed away in 2000 aged 66 after a short illness.
His parents were together for more than 40-years.
Germany have banned all travel from the UK over fears of the Covid-19 variant, which has ripped through the country.
The Reds chief is understood to have last went home to visit his mum for her 80th birthday last year.
Elisabeth – who died on 19 January – was always behind her son during his success with Borussia Dortmund and FSV Mainz 05.
He then moved to the England in 2015, and has since won the Premier League and Champions League.
Jurgen is the youngest of three children to his parents, alongside Stefanie and Isolde.
He previously spoke of his regret that his dad only got to see him as a player.
He said: “My dad never saw me as a manager. He died four months before I became one.
“My father was a natural coach as well. If you had asked him, he’d have said: ‘Yeah, you have to be a coach.’ But we never spoke about that.
“He pushed me through my career pretty much. Really harsh criticism. Now my real career he never saw.
"That’s hard to be honest from time to time. What makes it really strange, I am 53 years old, and if I sit in a specific angle in the mirror, I’m scared to death as I look exactly like my father.
“I had never looked like my father. My whole life I looked like my mother. All of a sudden, it’s changed, it’s my dad! It’s really crazy.”
That candid confession came in a relaxed conversation with Liverpool defender Andy Robertson in the first of the six-part #SoundOfSupport series for the Heads Up campaign.
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