Jurgen Klopp: Liverpool manager says vaccine is ‘not a restriction on freedom’

Jurgen Klopp says 99% of Liverpool players have been vaccinated

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says he does not understand why some people refuse the coronavirus vaccine.

There are concerns about vaccination rates in the Premier League, with less than half of players having stung at most clubs.

Klopp says “99%” of his players have been vaccinated and he has not had to convince anyone to do so.

The German says he was stabbed to protect not only himself but “all the people around me”.

“I don’t understand why that’s a restriction on freedom,” he said. “Because if so, then not being allowed to drink and drive is also a restriction on freedom – but we accept that.

“I got the vaccination because I was worried about myself, but even more so for everyone around me.

“If I get it and suffer – my fault. If I get it and spread it to everyone – my fault and not their fault.”

It was revealed this week that the Premier League is considering whether or not to “reward” clubs whose vaccination coverage against the coronavirus is high.

In an email to top clubs last week, the Premier League said: “Only seven clubs are over 50% fully vaccinated, so we still have a long way to go.”

On Friday, it was announced that Premier League players will be allowed to travel to red-listed countries to represent their country in this month’s World Cup qualifiers, but only if they are fully vaccinated.

“I think we can say we are 99% vaccinated,” Klopp added. “I didn’t have to convince the players, it was more a natural decision of the team.

“I can’t remember actually talking to a player and convincing him why he should do that because I’m not a doctor.

“What I would give, as in many other situations, would be my advice — but it wasn’t necessary.”

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