Liverpool have confirmed that Jurgen Klopp has signed a contract extension until 2024, which would see him stay at Anfield for almost a DECADE if he reaches the end of his current deal.
In the past, the German has highlighted the seven-year stints at both Mainz and Borussia Dortmund as being the perfect length of time for staying at one club, but he will break that rule if he stays as long he intends with the Reds.
Klopp says the decision just felt right for him and his coaching staff:
“It’s actually so easy but then in the end so difficult to explain maybe – because it just feels right. So far, we had an incredible journey together, each and every day felt so special.”
“There were not only good days obviously, there were some average days involved as well; big defeats, big wins, all that stuff. But it’s really about that I wanted to stay a part of this club, that’s how it is. Our relationship is pretty special so we want it to continue.”
Even if the 52-year-old does say there have been some difficult times during his spell in charge, fans certainly haven’t paid them much thought.
It has been a massive transformation since he first arrived. Liverpool had finished sixth, outside of the Champions League places back in 2015, and the 2015/16 campaign did not start particularly well under Brendan Rodgers.
FSG knew they had to make a change, and it was a massive achievement in bringing in such a high calibre coach, considering the club’s position in the table. Klopp showed himself to be the right choice almost immediately, with his charisma and personality being perfectly matched to the club and its fans.
A League Cup and Europa League final in his first season, followed by a fourth-place finish in his second year. A Champions League final during his third and the club’s sixth European Cup in his fourth, there hasn’t really been a time where Klopp has been questioned. It has been a honeymoon period that has never really ended.
All of that is before we consider this campaign’s incredible journey. The longest unbeaten top-flight run in the club’s history, as well the European Super Cup, having already been achieved.
But, while his name will already go down in folklore as only the fourth Reds manager to lift the European Cup, he could further etch his name into the club’s history if the club do manage to lift their first Premier League title in 30 years.
Whether he’ll see out his new contract, it remains to be seen, but it was a pleasant surprise to see Klopp commit his long term future. His love for the club is clear for all to see and fans will certainly let their manager know that the feeling is mutual.