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Shrewsbury Players Heed Jurgen Klopp's Call By Getting Vaccine In Their Dressing Room After Match

Rory O'Callaghan

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Shrewsbury Players Heed Jurgen Klopp's Call By Getting Vaccine In Their Dressing Room After Match

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Shrewsbury Town have responded to Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp’s call for players to get vaccinated against coronavirus by having their jabs done in the dressing room after Saturday’s win over Cheltenham.

Shrewsbury beat the Robins 3-1 at New Meadow to move two points clear of the League One relegation places, with some of their players later taking advantage of an NHS vaccination bus that was at the ground throughout the day.

Town travel to face Liverpool in the third round of the FA Cup on January 9 and their decision to receive the vaccine should please Reds boss Klopp, who has been a vocal supporter of the vaccination programme.

“I have no issue telling you I received my booster jab as soon as I was eligible,” Klopp wrote in his programme notes ahead of Liverpool’s win over Newcastle on Thursday.

“I won’t apologise for the view I hold on the vaccination, no matter how unpopular it might make me in certain sections of society. I’m the same privately as I am publicly on this.

“If I come across friends or people I care about in my life away from football and they tell me they haven’t had a jab yet, I do my best to encourage them to listen to experts.


“Ignore those who pretend to know. Ignore lies and misinformation. Listen to people who know best.

“If you do that, you end up wanting the vaccine and the booster.”

Shrewsbury players Daniel Udoh, Elliott Bennett and Luke Leahy were all pictured receiving their vaccinations after the win over Cheltenham.

Former Brighton and Blackburn winger Bennett has now urged others to receive their jab ahead of Christmas, with the Omicron variant spreading quickly.

“I’m pleased to have sorted my vaccine before Christmas as cases continue to rise,” Bennett said.


“It’s important we all get our jabs, so that we can protect our family and team mates this winter.

“If we all do this, we can hopefully look forward to a more positive new year.”

Shrewsbury manager Steve Cotterill spent a period in intensive care earlier this year after testing positive for the virus.

Speaking after the win over Cheltenham, Cotterill said he was proud of the vaccination uptake in his squad.

Virgil van Dijk (pictured), Fabinho and Curtis Jones have tested positive for coroanvirus (Image credit: PA)
Virgil van Dijk (pictured), Fabinho and Curtis Jones have tested positive for coroanvirus (Image credit: PA)

"As we talk our lads are having either second injections or boosters now,” he told The Shropshire Star.

"We then have done really, really well. I'm really proud of the lads with what they've done as regards that, from young to old. They're in there now (having a jab).”

Cotterill added: "For those potentially thinking there's no Covid out there, there is. So anybody who comes up with a conspiracy theory or anything like that, they're talking absolute nonsense, you've got to be safe.

"Even if you don't want the jab for yourself, have it for your family, your work-mates, your team-mates, your acquaintances, it's the only way that we'll try to get out of this, which is why everybody is ramping up the booster."

Topics: Liverpool, Jurgen Klopp, FA Cup, Football

Rory O'Callaghan
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