The manager of Liverpool Football Club, Jürgen Klopp, has applauded doctors, nurses and health professionals in the United Kingdom who are in the front line in the battle against coronavirus.
Apart from current National Health Service (NHS) workers, some 20,000 who had retired from the service have returned to help to tackle the pandemic.
Another 750,000 civilians have volunteered their services to deal with COVID-19.
Already, two NHS doctors, 55-year-old Amged El-Hawrani, an ear, nose and throat consultant, and Adil El Tayar, 63, an organ transplant specialist, have died after contracting coronavirus.
Speaking exclusively to Liverpoolfc.com through video link from his home, Klopp said that it was “extraordinary” to see how health professionals continued to work in the midst of coronavirus.
“I was sent a video of people in the hospital just outside the intensive care area and when they started singing, You’ll Never Walk Alone [the Liverpool FC anthem], I started crying immediately,” Klopp said.
“But it shows everything; these people not only work but they have such a good spirit.
“They are used to helping other people; we need to get used to it because usually we have our own problems and stuff.
“But it’s their job; they do it day in and day out.
“They bring themselves, if you want, in danger because they help ill, sick and seriously handicapped people.
“So, I couldn’t admire them more and appreciate it more, I really couldn’t,” the German added.
The English Premier League was suspended over two weeks ago, with Liverpool leading by 25 points.
Klopp sent a message to supporters stating that health was more important than football.
“Now nature shows us we are all the same and we have all the same problems in the same moment, and we have to work together on the solution,” he said.
“There is nothing good in that situation apart from maybe what we can learn from that.”
He said that 40 years from now, looking back, the conclusion would be that “this was the period when the world showed the biggest solidarity, the biggest love, the biggest friendship or whatever.
“That would be great; that would be really great.
“So, in the moment when you go through a phase or a period like this, it’s not possible to see that, especially not for the people who are ill.
“But there will be a point in the future, a moment in the future, when we look back and hopefully then we can see it like this.
“Because that’s the solution for it – we all have to be disciplined; we all have to work together; we all have to take care of each other and that’s the solution for this problem,” Klopp said.
“That’s why we are at home [while] a lot of people are out there working still, the health services.
“It’s incredible these people are doing their jobs to make sure that we can stay at home.”
In the light of the current social distancing guidance from the UK government, Klopp said his players were working out remotely, with the club’s fitness and sports science teams running sessions online.