Jurgen Klopp's new contract at Liverpool brings an end to one big debate
The speed and timing of the agreement – and extensions for key assistants Pep Lijnders and Peter Krawietz – still came as something of a surprise.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has signed a two-year extension to his contract which will keep him at the club until 2026, the Premier League club have announced.
In the last month, the German had started to be asked questions about his future as he approached his final two years – especially with the deals of a number of senior players like Mohamed Salah for renewal next summer.
But nevertheless, the speed and timing of the agreement – and extensions for key assistants Pep Lijnders and Peter Krawietz – still came as something of a surprise.
Mike Gordon, president of owners Fenway Sports Group, flying in from America for the Champions League semi-final first-leg victory over Villarreal was the first sign something might be afoot.
The PA news agency understands the contract issue had been pushed up the agenda by the club having been encouraged by positive noises coming from Klopp’s camp, with his agent Marc Kosicke also present in the directors’ box, seated close to Gordon, to watch Wednesday’s 2-0 win over their Spanish visitors.
Only last month Klopp, who guided Liverpool to a sixth European Cup triumph in 2019 and followed that up with a first league title in 30 years the following season, said about a new contract: “If I have the energy levels for it. That is important.
“I love what I do but I’ve said a couple of times, there must be something else out there in the world.”
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But once Klopp intimated he was prepared to continue beyond the length of his existing deal, the negotiations were swift and straightforward.
This is the third time the 54-year-old – who arrived at Anfield in October 2015 and led the club to League Cup and Europa League finals in his first season – has extended his contract.
He is set to become Liverpool’s fourth longest-serving manager after Tom Watson, Bill Shankly and George Kay, surpassing the great Bob Paisley’s eight years and 11 months.
Klopp is already the Premier League’s longest-serving manager following Sean Dyche’s sacking by Burnley earlier this month.
“There are so many words I could use to describe how I am feeling about this news…delighted, humbled, blessed, privileged and excited would be a start,” Klopp told liverpoolfc.com.
“There is just so much to love about this place. I knew that before I came here, I got to know it even better after I arrived and now I know it more than ever before.
“Like any healthy relationship, it always has to be a two-way street; you have to be right for each other.
“The feeling we were absolutely right for each other is what brought me here in the first place and it’s why I’ve extended previously.
“This one is different because of the length of time we have been together. I had to ask myself the question: Is it right for Liverpool that I stay longer?
“Along with my two assistant managers, Pep Lijnders and Pete Krawietz, we came to the conclusion it was a ‘Yes!’
“There is a freshness about us as a club still and this energises me. For as long as I have been here, our owners have been unbelievably committed and energetic about this club and it is clear that right now, this applies to our future as much as I’ve ever known.”
Klopp added: “We are a club that is constantly moving in the right direction.
“We have a clear idea of what we want; we have a clear idea of how we try to achieve it. That’s always a great position to start from.
“When the owners brought the possibility to renew to me, I asked myself the question I’ve mused over publicly: Do I have the energy and vibe to give of myself again what this amazing place requires from the person in the manager’s office?”
And in echoing the new chant – to the tune of The Beatles’ I Feel Fine – dedicated to the Reds boss, Klopp said: “I didn’t need too long to answer in truth.
“The answer was very simple…I’m in love with here and I feel fine!”
Liverpool will now be hoping the confirmation that Klopp is staying could encourage Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and other big-names to commit their futures to the club, with the debate over the long-term stability of the manager now removed.
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