Liverpool sign up John Bishop, Lightning Seeds and Zutons for ‘Danke Jurgen’ Klopp farewell event

Jurgen Klopp
Jurgen Klopp will bid the fondest of farewells to Anfield on May 19 and the city of Liverpool nine days later at a tribute concert - Jacques Feeney/Offside/Offside via Getty Images
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Jürgen Klopp’s farewell party will attract a gallery of Liverpudlian celebrities as the club prepares for a memorable send-off after a glorious nine-year reign.

Comedian John Bishop and pop group the Lightning Seeds are among the first high-profile names to have been signed up for a night of celebration in the city centre at the end of the month.

Klopp will be given an emotional goodbye to Anfield when Liverpool host Wolves in their final Premier League game on May 19.

But an extra date has now been announced for supporters to show their appreciation at the M&S Arena on Liverpool’s Albert Dock, where “a host of famous faces from the world of sports and entertainment” have been promised as part of “An Evening with Jürgen Klopp & Special Guests” on May 28.

As well as the Lightning Seeds – whose lead singer Ian Broudie famously co-wrote the England anthem Three Lions for Euro 96 – award-winning singer Alfie Boe will perform. So too will local band the Zutons, whose classic Valerie was covered by Amy Winehouse.

“I’m really looking forward to spending it with our fans, the heartbeat of this wonderful and unique club,” said Klopp of the event.

The gala evening will be an alternative to the aborted plans for an open top bus parade which was ruled out following Liverpool’s exit from the Europa League in April.

Tickets for Klopp’s Anfield swansong have become like gold dust, despite him being denied the romantic finale of a Liverpool title.

The German coach announced this would be his final year at Liverpool in January, revealing he informed the club’s owners, Fenway Sports Group, of his decision three months earlier.

As the departure edges closer, emotions have been running high.

Current and former players, as well as city leaders and personalities from across the world of sport and entertainment – especially those with a strong connection or affiliation to Liverpool – are eager to offer their tribute to the coach who restored the club’s position at the top of English and European football.

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