Jurgen Klopp pictured meeting Siya Kolisi and Faf du Plessis in South Africa | Football | Sport
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has been pictured chatting to South Africa captains Siya Kolisi and Faf du Plessis as he took time away from the stresses of Premier League management during the international break.
The Reds’ boss met Rugby World Cup-winning skipper Kolisi and captain of all three forms of cricket de Plessis in Cape Town, with the latter posting a photo of the trio on Instagram.
And it seems Kolisi, who led South Africa to a third Rugby World Cup victory over England last month, was particularly in awe of the charismatic German.
Beside the picture of the trio, du Plessis wrote: “About last night… When ur bro @siya_kolisi_the_bear has a serious man crush moment when he meets one of his heroes.
“Very impressive man. Get why his players love him so much. I’m a fan aswell now.”
The photo did lead fans to wonder why Klopp had chosen to visit Cape Town this international break, but the boss does have previous ties to the city.
The Liverpool manager has been a patron of the Joy is Round initiative run by Hout Bay United Football Community in Cape Town since 2017, when he donated £10,000 to the cause.
At that time, more than 1000 people turned up to the event at a food market in Cape Town to meet the Liverpool boss, but it was two years later when the visit was reported, when Jeremy Elson, a co-founder of Hout Bay United, spoke to the Liverpool Echo about the event.
He said: “He came and did a talk in 2017, where he spoke about his time as a manager, his philosophy, football, his ambitions.
“He spoke for over two hours in total, everyone was captivated by him.
“The most amazing thing about him is how humble he is.”
It may not be as busy for Klopp in Cape Town this time however, as Justin Ford, a sport journalist for South African news outlet eNCA reported that the boss would not be ‘engaging on any official business’.
He tweeted: “To the Liverpool fans out there, manager Jürgen Klopp will not be engaging on any official business while in Cape Town.
“He is here on a private break while the players are on international duty. He has close ties with the Hout Bay United Football Community, hence the love for CPT.”
The boss’ trip to South Africa comes just days after Liverpool’s crucial 3-1 Premier League victory over title-challengers Manchester City.
The Reds now have time off from club duty to join up with their international sides, with the Premier League taking a back seat until its return on November 23.
Liverpool face a trip to Crystal Palace’s Selhurst Park that weekend – the ground at which Brendan Rodgers’ Reds threw away a three-goal lead in 2014, handing Manchester City the impetus in the title race.