The current longest-serving manager in the Premier League (1st Division English football), Jürgen Klopp has extended his contract with Liverpool for two seasons, maintaining the insatiable desire for success of the ideal couple he forms with his club. “I have two more years left (…), which is four years to go,” said the German manager in a video posted on the club’s Twitter account.
The announcement took the football world by surprise, the issue of the German’s termination of contract, scheduled for 2024, never having been the subject of discussion, unlike those of Sadio Mané or Mohammad Salah since the beginning of the summer 2023. In the past,
Klopp had always affirmed his will to carry out his commitment, barring adverse sporting fortunes and a change of mentality in the management of the club. He had also always stated that he would then leave for a long sabbatical, relegating the prospect of seeing him soon at the helm of the German selection to the rank of a pipe dream.
Arrived in 2015, he does not seem to be affected by wear, his team is experiencing an exceptional season. Victory in the English League Cup at the end of February against Chelsea, which she will meet again in the FA Cup final in mid-May, she is only one point behind Manchester City in the league, five matches to the end, and is on track to play the third Champions League final (C1) in five years, after winning (2-0) in the first leg semi-final against Villarreal on Wednesday.
The union between this coach who is attentive to the smallest detail, with communicative and sometimes overflowing passion, and a legendary club in search of its former glory has been tantalizing on paper. He has kept all his promises. Klopp brought Liverpool back to the top of Europe in 2019, after a lost C1 final in 2018, and above all at the top of English football for the first time in 30 years, in 2020, at the end of a season close to the end. . And nothing suggests, for the moment, an “end of cycle” so feared by clubs and technicians. “It’s been six and a half years now since FSG (the American owner of Liverpool) thought it was a good idea to bring a German (…). Oh! That’s a long time in football,” Klopp admitted in the video. But this duration is far from a coincidence. “As in any healthy relationship, it always has to go both ways,” Klopp commented in the statement accompanying his announcement. “We have to be the right (partner) for each other (…). I had to ask myself: is it right for Liverpool to stay longer? With my two assistants, Pep Lijnders and Pete Krawietz, we came to the conclusion that (the answer) was yes, “he continued.
Klopp can hardly complain about the support shown by FSG over the years. When it was first necessary to untie the bag and a very cautious recruiting policy to bring Alisson (around 70 million euros) or Virgil Van Dijk (more than 80 million euros), making them the most expensive players in their position at the time, FSG accepted. When it was necessary to expand the substitutes’ bench, more recently, for example by hiring Luis Diaz this winter (around 50 million euros), the FSG also followed.
Sad spirits will have great coaches in the corner of their heads who may have had too many seasons or whose succession has turned into a nightmare, such as Alex Ferguson at Manchester United or Arsène Wenger at Arsenal. The departure this summer of club sporting director Michael Edwards, who has played a central role in the near-perfect recruitment of the Reds in recent years, will perhaps be a turning point in this regard. “There is a freshness in this club, and that still gives me energy,” he assured however
Klopp in the statement. Suffice it to say that opponents in the Premier League and in Europe still have a lot to do.
The current longest-serving manager in the Premier League (1st Division English football), Jürgen Klopp has extended his contract with Liverpool for two seasons, maintaining the insatiable desire for success of the ideal couple he forms with his club. “I still have two years left (…), which is another four years to go”, said the German coach in …