'You opened the gate for me and I will never forget that': Jurgen Klopp sends heartfelt message to legendary gatekeeper who retires after 26 years at Anfield

'You opened the gate for me and I will never forget that': Jurgen Klopp sends heartfelt message to legendary gatekeeper who retires after 26 years at Anfield
34
  • Kenny Grimes had been working at Melwood gates since 1994.
  • He suffered a stroke in September which forced him to take some time off.
  • Kenny came back for a while but is now having to retire on his doctor's advice.
  • Jurgen Klopp has delivered a heartfelt message to the legendary Anfield servant.
  • He wishes Grimes all the best, calls him a friend and tells him that he will never alone!

Kenny Grimes has not scored a single goal in front of the Anfield crowd but he is still a Reds legend.

The 71-year-old Melwood gateman started working in 1994 and served under Roy Evans, Gerard Houllier, Rafael Benitez, Roy Hodgson, Kenny Dalglish, Brendan Rodgers and Jurgen Klopp.

However, Grimes now has been forced to retire due to his old age. Jurgen Klopp, who was welcomed by Grimes five years ago at the club, has delivered a heartfelt message to the legendary Anfield worker in a way that only Klopp can.

Klopp says: "Hello Kenny my friend. I heard the doctor made a decision for you that it might be time for you to think about retirement. I can't believe that! You are fit and yeah, so important to us.

"But of course, that's how it is in life that sometimes we have to listen to other people who know more about us, so I think maybe it's a good moment.

"But I hope I see you more often than not because I can tell you that you are always welcome to Melwood and Kirkby. I’ll show you around Kirkby personally.

"I just hope you can enjoy your time with your missus and I hope in the moment that you are fine as it's a difficult time.

"Still, at least, the sun is shining and we can make the best of it. As far as I know you, I know that you will spend the time for the good stuff.

"I can imagine you will miss it [the work at Anfield] and we will miss you 100% since the first day I was at Liverpool you were there, you opened the gate literally for me and I will never forget that.

"We are Liverpool, and this means more, and you will never walk alone. So many nice phrases from this club and all of them are 100% true. You will never walk alone because we are always with you.

"Wish you all the best my friend, and I will see you soon. Bye!"

Kenny has praised Klopp previously to The Athletic, saying: "Jurgen deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as [Bill] Shankly. Shanks put Liverpool on the football map.

"We had a dip but now Jurgen has put us back at the top. This season has been brilliant. We’re in a fantastic position to win the title. Jurgen won’t allow them to become complacent. He’s a winner."

We wish Kenny all the best for his future, and Liverpool will miss the man dearly. We hope Klopp's heartfelt message made the man feel a bit better.

He will never walk alone.

Source: Twitter