Citizen of Honour award proposed for Jurgen Klopp

Jurgen Klopp and LFChave become great ambassadors for our City. We should recognise that by making him a Citizen of Honour.

On behalf of Liverpool’s Liberal Democrat Group, I have submitted a requisition for an Extraordinary Meeting of Liverpool City Council to confer on the manager of Liverpool Football Club, Jurgen Klopp, the title of Citizen of Honour of the City of Liverpool.

The fact that the Lib Dem squad of 11 councillors is unanimously putting this motion forward when it consists of Liverpool supporters, an Everton season ticket holder, people who have little interest in the game and, dare we say, a Manchester United season ticket holder, shows that the influence of Jurgen Klopp is something that is recognised by all citizens of our City.

I am not a football supporter but I make the same point as I made when I proposed the nomination of Bill Shankly 40 years ago that perhaps such a motion is best moved by some one who see the wider picture without the evangelical fervour of those who back their team through think and thin. Through none-football and dispassionate eyes I can clearly see the benefits of working closely with Liverpool because they bring our City to the attention of a worldwide audience.

In our motion the Group recognise that under Klopp’s management the team has become one of the best, if not the best, football team at club level in the world. We believe that this success on the field has meant huge boosts for the morale, image and economy of the City of Liverpool in hard times.

We cannot underestimate the importance of LFC in the promotion of our City. A Premier League football club brings immense benefits to an area which is why we are pleased that Everton is also staying in the Premier League. The last few years have been hard for the City of Liverpool with appalling publicity caused to the City by its own Council. This has been considerably evened up by the success, discipline and sporting behaviour of Liverpool F.C.

We have argued in the past that when Liverpool travels abroad there should always be a marketing team with them to actively promote tourism and economic possibilities within Liverpool and the wider city region. We will press once again for this to happen in a partnership with the private sector.

As an individual Jurgen comes over as a first-class Leader who is on top of his field and able to speak confidently, passionately but fairly about the job he does. That reflects well on our City as a whole”.

In fact Jurgen Klopp has been so successful a Leader that we might have nominated him for the position of Elected Mayor if we hadn’t been abolishing it!”

Requestion of an Extraordinary Meeting of Liverpool City Council

We, the undersigned requisition a meeting of Liverpool City Council to consider the following motion relating to Mr Jurgen Klopp.

Richard Kemp, Rob McAlister-Bell, Andrew Makinson, Richard Clein, Liz Makinson, Carole Storey, Pat Moloney, Mirna Juarez, Malcolm Kelly, Kris Brown, Barbara Mace

Conferment of the title of Citizen of Honour on Mr Jurgen Klopp

Council recognises that Jurgen Klopp has created within Liverpool Football Club a team which is one of the most, if not the most, effective football teams in the world.

It recognises that the success of the team on the field has been of huge help to our City in difficult times by:

  • Improving the image of the City
  • Improving the morale of the City
  • Improving the economy of the City

It therefore resolves to confer on Jurgen Klopp the distinction of Citizen of Honour of the City of Liverpool.

Richard Kemp, Rob McAlister-Bell, Andrew Makinson, Richard Clein, Liz Makinson, Carole Storey, Pat Moloney, Mirna Juarez, Malcolm Kelly, Kris Brown, Barbara Mace

About richardkemp

Leader of the Liberal Democrats in Liverpool. Deputy Chair and Lib Dem Spokesperson on the LGA Community Wellbeing Board. Married to the lovely Cllr Erica Kemp CBE with three children and four grandchildren.
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