Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says he was proud of Jake Daniels for becoming the first active professional player to come out publicly as gay since 1990 and that “the whole football community will support him”.
On Monday, 17-year-old Daniels told Sky Sports he felt now was the right time to tell his story at the end of a season where he scored more than 30 goals and made his professional debut in the Championship.
He now hopes to become a role model for other players to feel comfortable enough to come out, if they want to, with people across the football world and beyond showing their support for the teenager.
Klopp, speaking to Sky Sports after Tuesday’s 2-1 win at Southampton, said: “Fantastic. When I saw him talking I couldn’t believe he was 17 years old.
The whole football community will support him. Whatever we can do. I don’t know him but I’m really proud of him. I’m really happy for him.”