Jurgen Klopp praises Simon Kjaer as a ‘true chief’ after saving Christian Eriksen’s life following his traumatic collapse at Euro 2020, with Jordan Henderson additionally paying tribute to the Dane ahead of AC Milan’s Champions League tie at Liverpool
- Simon Kjaer may line up for AC Milan after they face Liverpool on Wednesday
- Reds boss Jurgen Klopp singled out Dane in his programme notes for his heroics
- Kjaer was instrumental in saving the life of Christian Eriksen at Euro 2020
- Jordan Henderson additionally praised the defender’s management earlier in the summertime
Eriksen collapsed early in a Euro 2020 sport in opposition to Finland again in June, with the AC Milan star shortly on the scene to forestall the midfielder’s airways from turning into obstructed in addition to instantly calling for medical providers.
Kjaer may now function at Anfield for Milan’s opening Champions League sport in opposition to Liverpool on Wednesday and the Reds boss was eager to make use of programme notes to increase his praise to the 32-year-old’s heroic actions.
Simon Kjaer may line up for AC Milan after they face Liverpool within the Champions League
Kjaer’s actions to help Christian Eriksen have been essential to saving his life at Euro 2020
‘I’m often extra eager to focus by myself gamers quite than an opponent, however tonight I need to make an exception,’ Klopp defined.
‘This night it’s potential that Simon Kjaer will line up in opposition to us and this can be a one that I believe has the respect of all the soccer and sporting world.
‘You recognise true management in a disaster. I believe the world acknowledges this now greater than ever with every little thing that goes on round us.
‘Like tens of millions of others, I used to be rocked by the scenes that unfolded on the European Championship in the summertime when Christian Eriksen fell ailing throughout Denmark’s opening group sport.
The defender seems to be over his stricken team-mate as medics come to his help again in June
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has praised Kjaer’s heroic response to the traumatic incident
Eriksen was taken to hospital following cardiac arrest however has since recovered
‘There have been many heroes that night time, not least of all of the exceptional medical professionals for the Danish nationwide group, within the stadium and subsequently on the hospital. But Simon shone that traumatic day for his personal conduct.’
Kjaer’s actions have been essential as Eriksen was later rushed to hospital following cardiac arrest the place he then awoke after being put in a stabilised situation.
The defender and the medical group have been awarded the UEFA president’s award for his or her function in saving Eriksen’s life – an accolade based in 1998 that recognises excellent achievements, skilled excellence and exemplary private qualities in soccer.
Klopp additionally praised Kjaer’s team-mates for his or her compassion and humanity in shielding the traumatic occasion as greatest as they might by huddling round Eriksen.
‘The picture of the Danish gamers shielding their teammate as he was cared for will, for my part, ceaselessly be one of essentially the most iconic in sporting historical past,’ Klopp continued.
‘It confirmed the most effective of humanity. Compassion, care and love for his or her good friend.
‘Honestly, I do not know how [Kjaer] managed to not solely hold his personal composure in that scenario, however to have the readability of thoughts to make the selections he did in that second. His conduct humbles us all.
‘I’m informed that Simon’s dad is an LFC fan – and if that’s the case he should be bursting with delight that his boy is now recognised worldwide because the epitome of our anthem You’ll Never Walk Alone.’
Jordan Henderson trains with team-mates ahead of the Reds’ tie with AC Milan
The Liverpool captain additionally praised Kjaer for his management expertise proven in aiding Eriksen
Reds captain Jordan Henderson additionally shared his supervisor’s sentiments in welcoming Kjaer to Anfield, admitting he was left impressed with how the Dane performed himself throughout the ordeal.
‘I’d wish to welcome AC Milan’s Simon Kjaer to Anfield this night. He set new requirements of management throughout Euro 2020 when Christian Eriksen fell ailing.
‘I am unable to even start to think about what that have was like for the Denmark gamers and I’m vastly relieved that Christian continues to make a restoration, however as a captain I could not assist however be impressed by the way in which Simon performed himself and led his group.
‘I’ve seen that UEFA have given Simon and the Denmark medical group the ‘President’s Award’ and that’s each becoming and deserved. But I hope Simon additionally is aware of that he has the respect and admiration of everybody in soccer for what he did that night time.’