Jurgen Klopp has hailed the impact of footballers during the coronavirus pandemic, insisting he “could not respect Marcus Rashford more”.
The England forward wrote an open letter to MPs urging the government to reverse its decision not to award free school meals vouchers in England – for which nearly 1.3 million children are eligible – outside of term time.
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An impassioned follow-up article detailing his experience of growing up using food banks and receiving free meals as a child helped prompt a government U-turn, with the establishment of a ‘Covid summer food fund’.
Jordan Henderson – like many others – has also played his part, at the forefront of PlayersTogether initiative, which raised money that would go directly to the NHS.
And Klopp has praised the Premier League players for using their social influence to exact change in society, and claims football is a “role model for equality”.
He said: “What Hendo and the players did during lockdown, I am proud but not surprised. They do a lot without talking about it.
“The players have helped during this difficult time. What Rashford did, I could not respect more. It’s a shame he had to do it. He did a great job.
“Of course, Black Lives Matter but let’s hope it is the last time we have to say this. If football is a role model for anything in life it is for equality.
“Wherever you are from, it not which colour you are. It’s just completely natural for us in football.
“It is so dumb not be like this, I cannot understand but we will do what we have to to sort this situation. We can change the future so we should all try.”
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