Liverpool manger Jurgen Klopp has called upon football fans and members of the public to listen to medical and scientific experts in relation to Covid-19.
The German coach has used his programme notes for their Premier League game against Newcastle on Thursday night to once again try and encourage people to get vaccinated.
Klopp says that he has gotten his booster jab and that vaccinations are the best weapon we have to fight the virus.
"My message around this has always been simple and clear, I hope: I trust experts,"
"I follow the advice of smart, educated people who know their field because they've dedicated their lives to it and have studied it.
"I have no issue telling you I received my booster jab as soon as I was eligible and again that will be the case for many if not nearly all within our ranks in the coming days and weeks.
"If I come across friends or people I care about in my life away from football and they tell me they haven’t had a jab yet, I do my best to encourage them to listen to experts. It’s never a case of, 'Listen to me' – it's always, 'Listen to those who know.'
"Ignore those who pretend to know. Ignore lies and misinformation. Listen to people who know best. If you do that, you end up wanting the vaccine and the booster" Klopp has said.
Manchester United’s fixture against Brighton & Hove Albion this weekend has been postponed by the #PL Board today
It is the League’s intention to continue its current fixture schedule where safely possible
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— Premier League (@premierleague) December 16, 2021
These comments come on the same afternoon two games in the league had to be postponed - marking four in just a week.
Klopp has also taken the opportunity to answer back to people who say he as a football manager should not be expressing an opinion on the matter.
"The 'stick to football' abuse so misses the point," he says. "Yes, I know about football having spent my entire life in the game. And my view on the vaccination isn’t from my own imagination. That's the point – I listen to experts.
"People who are smarter than I ever could be have come to the rescue of society by creating this for the world.
"We are very blessed in this country and throughout Europe to have such incredible access to it. I see that as a privilege and one I will always be grateful for" Klopp concluded.