Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp on Thursday signed a contract extension with the club that will see him remain at Merseyside till 2026, taking his tenure to more than a decade.
Speaking after the confirmation of the contract extension, Klopp told the club website, “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.”
“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?,” the German said.
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“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, explaining his decision to sign the extension.
The 54-year-old went on to say that Liverpool was, in effect, his home, saying, “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?”
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“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!,” the German said, answering his own question in an apparent veiled reference to Liverpudlian music greats, The Beatles.
Klopp, who signed for Liverpool in October 2015, could have his best season with the club yet, with a possible quadruple on the cards: the Reds have already won the Carabao Cup this season, are in the final of the FA Cup, are on their way to the UEFA Champions League final, and trail Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City by a point in the Premier League.