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Jurgen Klopp: Liverpool manager follows Sir Alex Ferguson and Sam Allardyce in missing matches

Jurgen Klopp and Sam Ricketts embracing is something we won’t see at Anfield on Tuesday, with Klopp opting to go on his winter break instead

Weddings and Caribbean holidays, Jurgen Klopp certainly isn’t alone in missing matches.

Immediately after Liverpool’s 2-2 FA Cup draw at Shrewsbury Town, the German said he would not be on the touchline for the replay at Anfield nine days later.

Why? Because he wants to respect the inaugural winter break that the Premier League has introduced this season.

It got us thinking about the other occasions managers have missed games. Here are some of the more quirky reasons.

Sir Alex Ferguson – Manchester United

Future England manager Steve McClaren took charge in Ferguson’s absence

Who better to start with than one of the greatest managers the game has seen?

In 2000, Fergie’s eldest son Mark was getting married in South Africa. Like many devoted football fans, the family forensically studied the fixture schedule to find a free weekend.

They managed to find one on 18 November – a scheduled international break. A Cape Town wedding in November – sounds lovely, doesn’t it?

Only problem being, the governing bodies decided to move all the international fixtures to midweek, meaning Manchester United had a game on the Saturday.

It wasn’t just any game either. It was a Manchester derby.

Ferguson said at the time: “It couldn’t have been any worse for me. There’s nothing I can do. Steve McClaren will be in charge.

“The only consolation is that with it being a morning kick-off, I will be able to watch the game in South Africa on television.”

It turned out just fine though, with David Beckham’s second-minute winner enough for the Reds to earn all three points.

Edgar Davids – Barnet

Davids was in charge of Barnet between October 2012 and January 2014

One of the best midfielders of all time and Barnet? The combination never did feel quite right.

The Dutch star initially made a positive impact at the north London side before they eventually dropped out of the Football League.

Davids stayed at the club, assigning himself the number one shirt (who could forget?), but was sent off three times as the Bees spent a season in mid-table.

As part of his contract, he reportedly negotiated a clause that meant he didn’t have to manage a game where an overnight stay beforehand was necessary – assistant Ulrich Landvreugd would take charge instead.

Picking and choosing when you can work? It’s all right if you can get it.

Neil Warnock – Leeds United

Warnock won 23 of his 63 games in charge of Leeds

Everyone gets ill from time to time, and managers are no different.

In January 2013, Warnock was feeling a little bit under the weather and had to leave his assistant Mick Jones in charge for Leeds’ FA Cup third-round game against Birmingham City at Elland Road.

Warnock listened along on the radio as Leeds trailed 1-0 at the break. Cue the experienced gaffer getting on the blower and instructing Jones to make two half-time changes.

Jones went one step further and put Warnock on loud speaker and allowed him to deliver the team talk.

It worked as Luciano Becchio equalised before Leeds went on to win the replay.

If you want a job doing, Neil, do it yourself.

Steve Bruce – Sheffield Wednesday

Bruce was only in charge of Wednesday for 18 games before joining Newcastle

When Bruce was appointed Sheffield Wednesday boss on 2 January, 2019, the club’s statement said he wasn’t joining the club until 1 February and everyone was a bit confused.

It turned out Bruce was in Barbados having a holiday and taking in England playing West Indies in the cricket. What cricket fan doesn’t want to join the Barmy Army on a tour?

The manager was taking some time out of the game to recover from a couple of operations