Jurgen Klopp has promised his mum that he will be on his best behaviour in Wednesday night’s Uefa Super Cup clash.
France’s Stephanie Frappart will be the first woman to take charge of a European final when Liverpool take on Chelsea in Instabul, while Ireland’s Michelle O’Neill and Italian Manuela Nicolosi are her assistants.
Asked about Frappart, who has taken charge in Ligue 1, Klopp said: “My answer would be, ‘Finally. I think it is time’.
“I have a lot of experience with female referees in Germany.
“It is a very smart decision to have a women to be the referee in a very important game before millions of people.
“I am pretty sure with all the emotions involved, I will try not to make it more difficult than the game is.
“I will be showing my best face otherwise my mum would be angry. It is the first one so maybe that makes it more special but I hope it is not the last.”
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard added: “I am very pleased to be a part of this moment in history — it is very much due.
“The game has come a long way, in terms of the women’s World Cup, which we all watched; in terms of respect they are getting and the interest. It is a historical moment.”
O’Neill, meanwhile, admitted: “It’s not our first time on the big stage as we were all at the Women’s World Cup final.
“It’s pretty nice that you have young girls, young kids being inspired. We are leading the way and opening the doors of the pathway to these kids coming up. That’s pretty special.”
35-year-old Frappart took charge of her first Ligue 1 game back in April when Amiens played Strasbourg.
She said: “There is not a lot difference, because football is the same. We train a lot, so we are not afraid because we are always ready for all the games.”
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