Jurgen Klopp writes tribute message to Seamus Coleman

The Ireland captain suffered a horrific injury last weekend.

BY Sinéad Farrell 12:52 Saturday 1 April 2017, 12:52 1 Apr 2017

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Jurgen Klopp has written a tribute message to Seamus Coleman ahead of the Merseyside derby today.

The Toffees are without their key defender, after he suffered a double-leg break against Wales in a World Cup qualifier due to an horrific late challenge from Neil Taylor.

Coleman has since had surgery on the injury and is beginning a long road to recovery, which is likely to keep him out of action until at least the beginning of next year.

The Liverpool manager put the local rivalry aside today, to write a personal message to Coleman in today's match programme.

"I would like to pass on my regards and best wishes to Seamus Coleman, who due to very unfortunate circumstances is not available to play today. 

"I do not know him personally, but as a football supporter I love his character, his positive approach to the game and his commitment to his club.

"There is a lot to admire about this player and it is his personal qualities that will help him as he recovers from this setback and returns to the game."

Goals from Sadio Mané and Coutinho have put Liverpool into a 2-1 lead in the first half. Matthew Pennington hit one back for Everton.

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