By Coral Barry
Jurgen Klopp has backtracked on the rally call he issued to supporters after Liverpool’s Europa League semi-final triumph over Villarreal on Thursday night.
The German addressed the issue of just 10,236 tickets being made available to Liverpool fans for the final against Sevilla on May 18 and urged the Anfield faithful to travel to the city of Basel to join the party, even if they did not have a seat in the stadium.
The rally call had been received gleefully online by Liverpool fans, but after the 2-0 victory against Watford on Sunday, Klopp retracted his previous statement.
“Last time I spoke about Basel, I spoke like a supporter when I invited all Liverpool fans to Basel – that was not too smart to be honest,” said Klopp after the game. “Basel is a nice city but it is not ready for us – it was my mistake. I have to take back the invitation.
“Please only people with tickets go there, because everything else would be chaos and we don’t want this. We have to concentrate on football.
“If you cannot be there, stay at home or come to Liverpool, watch the game with your friends and let’s have a party afterwards.
“So that’s really, really, really necessary now that you listen. Most of the time you can ignore what I say, but now it’s really important.
“We have to send just the team plus 10,000. The rest, all over the world, can enjoy the game with best friends and family.”
After Klopp’s initial statement on Thursday, the club released its own plea to supporters: “To ensure the safety and well-being of fans, the club urges supporters who do not have a ticket not to travel to the St Jakob Park Stadium on the day of the game.”
Liverpool have been allocated less than a third of the available tickets for the final, despite the stadium having a capacity of 35,000.
Sevilla have also been given a similar amount meaning a huge chunk of the tickets will not go to supporters of either club.
St Jakob’s Stadium in Basel will also be the smallest venue to ever host a Europa League final.
In other Liverpool news, the Reds are on the verge of selling one of their most promising youngsters.