Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp compared players and people who reject the coronavirus vaccine to drinkers amid reluctance to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
Klopp discussed COVID-19 vaccination ahead of Liverpool’s successful showdown with Premier League champions Manchester City at Anfield on Sunday.
While Klopp said “99%” of his squad are fully vaccinated, many Premier League clubs have reportedly yet to reach half of their players receiving both hits.
“I didn’t have to convince the players, it was more a natural decision of the team,” Klopp told reporters. “I don’t really remember talking to a player in a one-on-one situation and explaining to him.”
“It seems we are not allowed to give advice to people,” Klopp added. “Where did I get the realization that I think it makes sense to get the vaccine? I called doctors I’ve known for years and asked them, ‘What should I do?’
“I usually work like this: when you don’t know, you call a specialist and the specialist tells you. That’s why I got the vaccination because I’m in an age range  where it’s not that easy anymore, the virus could be complicated and I was really happy when I could catch it. The specialists out there say vaccination is the solution at the moment.
“If I say I’m vaccinated, other people say, ‘How can you tell me I should be vaccinated?’ It’s a bit like driving while intoxicated. We were probably all in a situation where we had a beer or two and thought we could still drive but, [because of] the law, we are not allowed to drive so we do not drive. But this law is not there to protect me when I drink two beers and want to drive, it is to protect all other people because I am drunk and we accept it as the law.
“I don’t take the vaccination just to protect myself, I take the vaccination to protect everyone around me. I don’t understand why this is a limitation on freedom because, if it is, then not being able to drink and drive is also a limitation on freedom.
“I got the vaccination because I was worried about myself but even more so for everyone around me. If I get [Covid] and I suffer: my fault. If I take it and pass it on to someone else: my fault and not their fault ”.
– Liverpool (@LFC) October 2, 2021
Liverpool – the only side still undefeated in the Premier League this season – can return to the top of the table with a home win against Pep Guardiola’s City in Merseyside.
The Reds have not lost consecutive league games against City in a streak of four between 1935 and 1937, losing 4-1 the last time the two teams met in February.
Liverpool are unbeaten in 16 league games (W12, D4), the longest unbeaten streak in the top four of English football. However, Klopp’s men conceded more 3-3 goals at Brentford last time than in their previous eight league games combined (two).
Guardiola has lost more games to Klopp in all competitions than to any opposing manager in his career (eight). Meanwhile, of the teams he has faced at least 10 times in all competitions, the Spaniard’s lowest win rate is against Liverpool (30.8% – W4 D4 L5).
“All these kinds of feelings have to be there: excitement, nervousness, pressure, emotions,” Guardiola said. “If you don’t have those sensations in important games, like the previous ones or for the biggest ones, this business is not for you.
“Maybe you don’t sleep better the day before, or you sleep well when it’s over or not if the performance isn’t good, but that’s how you live this life.
“I still have it before the games. If you don’t feel like you’re not for business. You have to hear it. “