In full: Jürgen Klopp's final programme notes as Liverpool manager

MatchIn full: Jürgen Klopp's final programme notes as Liverpool manager

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Read Jürgen Klopp's programme notes for his last game as Liverpool manager in full.

"First and foremost – in fact first, second and last – Sunday is a matchday," writes the boss. "We cannot and will not lose sight of that. Since I have been here there have been many, many games where other things have been happening but the absolute rule is that from the first whistle to final whistle we do everything we can to play proper Liverpool football.

"This is the minimum that we owe ourselves and our supporters. It does not guarantee us a positive result but it does improve our chances of achieving one, so it makes sense to go for it. After that, we can enjoy the occasion but business always has to come first and always has to be the priority.

"We also know from our own experience earlier this season what a challenge Wolves can and will be. They have an outstanding young manager in Gary O'Neil, who we know well from his time at Liverpool, and it is no surprise to see them playing some brilliant football under him.

"I would like to welcome Gary and his staff and everyone associated with Wolves to Anfield and also wish them an enjoyable and restful summer.

"Of course, this is my final game as Liverpool manager. This is something you have all known for a few months and I have known for a little longer but as much as I know it is the right time for me to leave I know also that it will take some getting used to. If the starting point was the announcement, the next big step into the future is Sunday.

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"If space allowed I could write name after name of people who I need to thank but there has never been a match programme of this size, so I will have to be more general. I could not be more appreciative of the players past and present who have served this club in the nine years that I have been here.

"What they have achieved in that time is special, not just in terms of the moments they have created and the success they have had, but also in the way they have underlined what it is to represent LFC.

"This will be the final time that we will see two of them – Joel Matip and Thiago Alcantara – at Anfield and I know they will be given the send-off that they deserve.

"You do not need me to tell you what they have achieved as individuals, you have experienced it all at first hand and as with others who have left us in recent seasons, they have more than made their mark on this club during a period which I think has been memorable for all of us.

"This will also be the end of an era for several members of our coaching and backroom staff who will also move on. To put it simply, I could not have more appreciation for the work that has been done by Pep Lijnders, Peter Krawietz, Vitor Matos, John Achterberg, Jack Robinson, Andreas Kornmayer, Andreas Schlumberger and Ray Haughan.

"Obviously we all wish them well for the future but the good wishes come in the knowledge that they are all brilliant professionals who I have no doubt will succeed whatever they do next.

"The big positive for Liverpool is that no matter who is leaving, the club is still in a very, very good place. This season we aimed for the moon and ended up in the stars which is never too bad and the players and staff who are remaining are top, top class.

"Yes, they will have new leadership before too long but this is a club that is ready to take the journey in a new and exciting direction, not one that is ready for the journey to come to an end.

"This is what I have always known Liverpool to be – a club of journeys and adventures, some that end with trophies and some that don't but whatever happens there are always stories and moments that are unforgettable.

"In my time here we have been blessed with quite a few and it is important that I stress that what we have done has always been underpinned by stable, intelligent and creative ownership. Again, I could not be more grateful for this but I am also excited because I know that this will continue going forward and that can only be good news for Liverpool FC.

"Finally, to the supporters I have only thanks and love. Everything that we have done has been because of you, with you and for you. I have referred many times to the banner on the Kop which says Unity Is Strength and I think this is a belief that we have all lived up to.

"The important thing now is that it continues so that my successor can have the same benefits of it as I've had. After Sunday I will be a supporter too, so hopefully I can play my part in that.

"I have never walked alone. You will never walk alone. LFC will never walk alone.

"Thank you Luv."



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