Jurgen Klopp jokes about being a booking away from touchline ban at Aston Villa

Jurgen Klopp is at risk of a touchline ban for his Anfield farewell.


Jurgen Klopp’s emotional farewell to Liverpool fans has been anticipated since he announced he would be stepping down as manager at the end of the season.

Yet, that goodbye may now be in jeopardy as he faces the threat of a touchline ban ahead of the Reds’ season finale against Wolves at Anfield on Sunday.

If Klopp receives a yellow card for his behaviour on the touchline during Liverpool’s clash with Aston Villa this evening, then an automatic one-match touchline ban would be triggered as it would be his third of the campaign.

Any manager who is booked three times across the course of a Premier League season is banned from the sidelines for the following match, meaning the German would not be permitted in the dugout for the Wolves clash.

He would still be allowed to manage the game from the Anfield stands and could do a lap of honour around the pitch after the final whistle, but he wouldn’t be coaching from the touchline.

That means keeping his cool for the duration of the Villa match and staying on the right side of referee Simon Hooper is paramount.

Speaking ahead of the game at Villa Park, Klopp joked about being a booking away from a touchline ban ahead of his final game as Liverpool boss and suggested having Hooper referee is the biggest challenge.

“Avoiding a yellow card tonight?” he said.

“Yes, and they’ve given me Simon Hooper, huh? That’s the biggest challenge of the night!”

Klopp added on Monday Night Football: “We played Unai when he was at Villarreal, he’s an incredibly talented manager, very structured.

“They mostly defend in a 4-4-2, sometimes he adapts a little bit.

“They have a clear idea how to play, he improves players, and only brings in players who can really help.

“That team tonight is a top, top Premier League team. They will probably qualify for the Champions League. 

“I think I’ve known him 12 or 13 years, and wherever he was he was incredibly good.

“That’s about the best thing you can say as a manager.”

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