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Klopp pledges to support LFC Foundation

Liverpool FC manager, Jürgen Klopp, has pledged his support for the LFC Foundation, ahead of the charity's first Foundation Day on Sunday, December 13.

The event will take place at the West Bromwich Albion game - the team’s last home game before Christmas.

The Reds manager said: “Every football club needs to win matches and that’s no secret. But there has to be more to it than that.”

“You have to give back some of the things you got from all the people around you. As a football club it is important we don’t forget this.”

“Young people are our future and they need help. Of course we needed help when we were young and we all know that nobody is born with the same chances. So we need to try to do a little bit more than everybody else.”

The Foundation Day will see a number of fundraising activities at the club and in the local community. The money raised will go to the foundation's community programmes including its men's health programme, as well as educational and football development programmes. That includes programmes like Respect 4 All which provides sporting activities for young people and adults with severe physical and neurological impairments.

On the day, the LFC Foundation will host free skills and drills challenges and coaching sessions at Anfield Sports and Community Centre, and a blind penalty shootout against a Liverpool FC legend in the Family Park on Anfield Road.

Jürgen Klopp also expressed how important it is for players to get involved and give back to the community.

“Our players here, they know where they come from. They are really good lads. Everybody should know that they are not just professional footballers; they are human beings behind the shirt they wear to win a game. If we can help by only being there, with only showing our respect, then it’s easy to do.

“All these things we are doing without a bigger reason behind it. We don’t want to get something back, so we are the people who give back. Everybody who is with us can get our help.”

Andrea Cooper, Head of the LFC Foundation said: “We are absolutely delighted with the level of support we have received from Jürgen and also the First Team players. It is fantastic that our manager is encouraging the squad to give back to the community and get behind the Club’s official charity.”