Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was unable to go to Germany for the funeral of his mother on Tuesday because of the current travel restrictions in place amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Klopp paid an emotional tribute to Elisabeth after her death, aged 81, but it is understood he could not attend the funeral in-person in his native Germany due to fears of spreading Covid-19 strains from high-risk countries.
“She meant everything to me. She was a real mum in the best sense of the word,” Klopp told German newspaper Schwarzwaelder Bote.
“As a devout Christian, I know she is in a better place now.
“The fact that I can’t be at the funeral is due to the terrible times,” Klopp added. “As soon as the circumstances allow, we will hold a wonderful commemoration that is appropriate to it.”
Germany has banned travellers from Britain due to the new Covid variants. Exceptions are allowed for people experiencing an ‘immediate family bereavement’ but quarantine restrictions have been introduced in the UK.
There is a quarantine period of 10 days for UK citizens returning from abroad.
Klopp’s father passed away in 2000, aged 66, following an illness.
Meanwhile, an angry Klopp tried to stop a reporter from asking a question after Sunday’s 4-1 defeat to Manchester City.
Klopp was in a sunken mood after City turned on the style to sink Liverpool in the second half at Anfield.
Klopp also had a run in with Sky’s Geoff Shreeves before he took an Israeli sports journalist to task at pitchside.
Reporter Niv Dovrat of Israeli TV station Sport 1 asked Klopp if his side could catch Man City with his Liverpool side 10 points behind.
Klopp though was not very receptive too the question and said Dovrat should “prepare for your job better”.
Klopp told Dovrat: “I really think you should prepare your job better to be honest. How can you ask that?
“They are 13 points away, in my understanding, and these questions about becoming champions – do you really think that’s appropriate at the moment.”