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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp calls on Anfield to rally behind the Reds as he admits 'I understand 100 per cent' fan concerns over rising ticket prices as supporters boycott flags in protest

Jurgen Klopp has appealed to Liverpool fans not to dampen Anfield’s famous atmosphere with their planned protest on Thursday night.

Supporters group Spion Kop 1906 and fellow organisations have called for a boycott in taking flags to the stadium for the game against Atalanta in opposition to ticket rises next season.

Though price increases announced by the club are just two per cent, Merseyside is one of the least affluent parts of the country and adult season tickets will cost between £753 and £904.

Ahead of Thursday night’s Europa League quarter-final first leg, Klopp admitted he was caught between sympathy for the fans and loyalty to his club. But the German stressed that, during the game, he wanted Anfield to keep its reputation as one of the most vocal and intimidating sporting arenas in the world.

‘The flags are not there. As long as the people are there, it’s all good,’ he said. ‘I understand the concerns, definitely. It is a tricky one from my point of view.

Jurgen Klopp has called on Liverpool fans to continue their backing of the club amid ongoing ticket price rises

Jurgen Klopp has called on Liverpool fans to continue their backing of the club amid ongoing ticket price rises

Supporters will not bringing in flags to Anfield as they protest against further ticket price increases

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‘It is clear we want people in the stadium, we want to make it available for everybody. We are a self-sustaining club — I can tell everybody, while I’ve been here each pound went into football.

‘I am pretty sure they will find a solution. In these situations, it starts with maybe a protest and then discussions follow, and that’s good. 

‘But we should make sure there is nothing that gets between us and the supporters. Discuss it, yes, but between the two whistles we just have to be Liverpool and that is what I am asking for.

‘It would be worse if only the flags were in the stand, and nobody else. We had that (during Covid) and we don’t want that again! This way is OK.’

Klopp added: ‘The relationship between the fans and us is based on performances. If we give our all, the people will be there to give the decisive push. We don’t take this atmosphere for granted.’

Having fought for much of the season with a long injury list, there are signs of the cavalry returning for Klopp with Trent Alexander-Arnold, Diogo Jota and Alisson all back in training.

‘We have rushed it with the boys and we have to see how we involve them,’ said Klopp. ‘That we need them is clear, but we need them in the best possible shape.’

Liverpool take on Atalanta at home in the Europa League quarter-finals on Thursday evening

Liverpool take on Atalanta at home in the Europa League quarter-finals on Thursday evening 

Harvey Elliott, 21, hopes he will be given a major role despite more than half of his appearances for the club coming off the bench.

‘I want to be starting games, walking out rather than coming on,’ he said. ‘I am very grateful for every opportunity, and it is about being patient. But I am not a kid any more. I can take responsibilities into my own hands if it means knocking on the gaffer’s door.’

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