WHEN KLOPP WINS LEAGUE
go early, instead of following the team with a police escort. He wanted to sample the atmosphere.
“So a number of us got on his coach, including Kenny Dalglish and Steven Gerrard. Later still, a couple of miles away from the stadium, we got stuck in traffic and didn’t move for 30 minutes.
“The driver can’t speak a word of English and none of us can speak Spanish. They had shut the road off. John Henry made a phone call and told everyone not to worry because in five minutes the team coach will be coming past and we will get behind it.
“A few minutes later, sure enough, the team coach is arriving, but going in the opposite direction! Our driver had headed off the wrong way.
“So we all had to get out and walk. It was 36C and the blokes were in suits. UEFA were ringing me, asking me where I was. I got there with five minutes to spare to help take the Champions League trophy on to the pitch.”
Now he sees only Pep Guardiola’s Treble-winning squad as the potential road block to a title during Klopp’s tenure.
“Hopefully, we’re starting the successful Jurgen Klopp era – one that will go down in history and be remembered like those of Bill Shankly and Bob Paisley,” added Rush. “Jurgen is a great manager and I’m certain he wouldn’t want to leave until he has won the Premier League.
“I love him. He’s fantastic. Every time you see him he gives you a big hug. He exudes positive energy and it’s infectious.”
One thing’s for sure Rush would love to see the giant German hugging the
League trophy next May.
FEELING THE LOVE AGAIN Ryan Babel’s career has seen highs and lows, but he feels better now HARD TIMES: Dalglish ditched Babel in 2011 SEMI-FINAL THRILLER: Babel battling Kyle Walker last Thursday