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Klopp’s classy tribute to AC Milan’s Simon Kjaer for Christian Eriksen heroics

Jurgen Klopp has penned a classy tribute for Simon Kjaer in Liverpool's program ahead of the Red's clash with AC Milan on Wednesday evening.

Kjaer was first to respond to Christian Eriksen when the former Tottenham star suffered a cardiac arrest at Euro 2020.

The Danish captain put Eriksen in the recovery position and started CPR before first aiders arrived at the scene.

Klopp said: "This evening it is possible that Simon Kjaer will line up against us and this is a person who I think has the respect of the entire football and sporting world.

"You recognise true leadership in a crisis."

After helping with the initial efforts, Kjaer then led his teammates in a human wall around Eriksen to protect his privacy.

Kjaer, alongside other medical personal present, was awarded the UEFA Presidents Award for demonstrating 'exceptional leadership qualities' in response to the situation.

"I remain grateful for the exemplary leadership qualities and immense courage that Denmark’s captain, Simon Kjaer, displayed in this most critical of situations," the UEFA president, Aleksander Čeferin, said.

Eriksen has now been fitted with an ICD as he continues his recovery.

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Jordan Henderson also paid tribute to Kjaer on Twitter: “I’d like to welcome @acmilan’s @simonkjaer1989 to Anfield this evening. He set new standards of leadership during Euro 2020 when Christian Eriksen fell ill.

“I can’t even begin to imagine what that experience was like for the Denmark players and I’m hugely relieved that Christian continues to make a recovery.

"But as a captain, I couldn’t help but be impressed by the way Simon conducted himself and led his team.

“I have seen that @UEFA have given Simon and the Denmark medical team the President’s Award, and that is both fitting and deserved.

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“But I hope Simon also knows that he has the respect and admiration of everyone in football for what he did that night."

Liverpool welcome AC Milan to Anfield on Tuesday evening, as the Rossoneri return to the Champions League for the first time in seven years.

They've been dealt a tough hand with the draw, but Milan will be confident after a flying start to the Serie A campaign.

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