Jürgen Klopp has asked Liverpool supporters who are unsuccessful in obtaining a match ticket for the Europa League final not to travel to Basel and instead enjoy the game with close family and friends around the world.
The Reds have received an allocation of just 10,236 tickets for the game with Sevilla, which will be played at St. Jakob-Park on May 18.
Speaking at a press conference in the aftermath of his side’s 2-0 win over Watford on Sunday, Klopp began with a message for fans.
He said: “A few minutes ago I heard today was my 49th game as Liverpool manager. Usually you need one and a half years [to reach that number]. That means I’ve had 5,637 press conferences!
“I’ve said a lot of things in these press conferences and most of them are easy to forget, but last time I spoke, when I spoke about Basel, I spoke like a supporter. I do it sometimes because first of all I am a supporter and I like this game, but I invited all Liverpool fans to Basel and that was not too smart to be honest.
“Basel is a nice city, but Basel is not ready for [all of] us and it was my mistake. I have to take back the invitation to Basel – please, only people with tickets go there because anything else would be chaos and we don’t want this. We have to concentrate on football.
“All the rest that I said was right – it’s nice, it’s great and it’s wonderful to be in the stadium, but if you cannot be there then stay at home or come to Liverpool, watch the game together with your friends and let’s have a party after this.
“It’s really, really, really necessary that you now listen. Most of the time you can ignore what I say, but now it is really important. We have to only send the team plus 10,000 and the rest all over the world can enjoy the game with best friends and family.”