Jurgen Klopp believes he is the perfect example of how Rainbow Laces should raise awareness about inclusion. Klopp recently explained how the campaign inspired him to rally around LGBTQ+ people like her. Liverpool Women defender Meikayla Moore admitted that the support of the coach meant a lot to her and especially youngsters who love the club.
“I really love Rainbow Laces, every year when it happens,” Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said. “I’m a perfect example for it – how the awareness level changes from the moment you put them in. I’m 54, I’ve been through a lot of periods in my life but a lot of problems I’ve never had. I have so many gay friends but I never thought about how it was when they had to say, ‘by the way, mum, dad’ – and to everyone else – ‘I’m not exactly how you expected, maybe’. That’s a challenge we shouldn’t face, in the way we face it in our life. So I’m completely in. It’s a great campaign, I have to say, and it looks good!”
“In women’s football, I’ve been very fortunate that being LGBTQ+ is not as unusual as in the men’s game. It’s very accepted and the community is very strong,” Liverpool Women defender Meikayla Moore said. “But I think for the entirety of football, there’s still a lot of work that needs to be done, especially on the men’s side, just to make it a platform that it’s accepted and that it’s OK to be who you are and be true to yourself.”