Jurgen Klopp will be leading Liverpool into the Champions League final on Saturday (28 May) against Real Madrid.
Fans will be looking to Liverpool’s energetic boss, with hopes for a win.
Klopp, recently extended his contract as Liverpool boss, thanks to his wife Ulla Sandrock.
In a video on Liverpool’s website Klopp, revealed that it was his wife who had convinced the couple to stay on in Merseyside, with the manager saying: ‘We sat at the kitchen table and Ulla said “I can’t see us leaving in 2024”
So who is his wife Ulla Sandrock - and how did she persuade her husband to stay at Anfield?
Who is Ulla Sandrock?
Ulla Sandrock is a successful children’s novelist and social worker who hails from Germany.
The pair have been together for 17 years, after first meeting at the the Munich Oktoberfest where she was working as a waiter and the pair famously moved in together after knowing each other for just three days.
The couple tied the knot in Germany in December 2005.
Sandrock has a son named Dennis with a previous partner and Jurgen has a son from a previous relationship named Marc.
The pair do not have any children but are dog parents to a loveable labrador called Emma.
The couple live in the former home of footballer Stephen Gerrard, in the affluent Merseyside suburb of Fromby.
The 47-year old published her first book Tom and the Magic Football in 2008, with her second book published in 2010.
Speaking with German newspaper Der Spiegal, she told them that her books showcased the “fascination of football” and “the longing for a distant hero world”.
Sandrock is affectionately known as ‘The First Lady of Bundesliga’ due to her charitable work in Germany and previous work in Africa.
How did Ulla Sandrock convince him to stay in Liverpool?
Klopp announced the news he had extended his contract in a video on Liverpool Football Club’s website.
When sharing why he has decided to stay on at Anfield until 2026, Klopp said: “I stay for another two years... ‘Why?’ is now the question. Because Ulla wants to stay! As a good husband, what are you doing when your wife wants to stay? You stay.
“The most important contract I signed in my life was the one with Ulla. And that’s why it starts again, because actually we sat at the kitchen table and Ulla said ‘I can’t see us leaving in 2024’. I said ‘what?’. That’s how it all started and when that started I thought ‘let’s have a think’.”
Why is Ulla Sandrock known as ‘The First Lady of Bundesliga’?
Sandrock has been dubbed ‘The First Lady of Bundesliga’ in Germany due to her charitable work both home and abroad.
She has previously worked as a teacher and hospital worker in Nairobi, Kenya.
In the UK, she made headlines in 2020 when she donated £1,000 worth of food vouchers to Waitrose staff members that were impacted by Covid-19.
There were no cameras present at the time and the football manager’s wife did not give any comment to the press.
Does Ulla Sandrock attend Liverpool matches?
Sandrock regularly attends Liverpool matches at Anfield and can often be seen cheering on the team from the stand.
In 2019, Sandrock famously went the extra mile to show her support for Liverpool, climbing on top of a bin and enthusiastically cheering her husband and the team on during the Champions League Victory Parade in Liverpool.