“It’s beyond my understanding,” Liverpool head coach Jurgen Klopp said about the Russian invasion of Ukraine after the League Cup final win against Chelsea.
“I am 54, nearly 55, and it is beyond my understanding how one adult can put the whole world in such a situation – especially the people in Ukraine.
“I know so many Ukrainian people and Russian people as well. It’s obviously not about the people, it is the war of one really bad man.
“We have to show solidarity. How it always is in dark times, you need moments where you can think about something.”
“It is a really tough one to take. Three days ago, or whenever it started, we are all constantly on the phone.
“Former players of mine are probably now in the war, I don’t know exactly if they went back directly to their home country.
“We have to show solidarity and it looks like we do that. It looks like we can’t stop him [Putin], but at least we can cause him more problems than he may have expected. Maybe that helps the people in Ukraine.”
Today marks the fifth day of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, with the Russian military failing to reach their targets. They are met with fierce resistance by Ukrainian soldiers and civilians.
The world of football has shown solidarity with Ukraine. Several national teams, including England, have refused to play against Russia until the war is over. Many players, including Russian national team player Fedor Smolov, have made anti-war statements.
UEFA have moved the Champions League final from St Petersburg to Paris.