Liverpool are having a really impressive 2023/24 season so far, as they lead the Premier League table and are also competing for multiple major trophies. However, they have now been rocked by a shocking announcement from manager Jurgen Klopp.
Liverpool Stunned With Jurgen Klopp Announcement
What Did Klopp Say?
Klopp has confirmed that he will be leaving Liverpool at the end of the 2023/24 term. His current contract expires in 2026, but the German coach has opted to end his tenure two years before that. Speaking to Liverpool’s official website about his decision, he said: “I can understand that it’s a shock for a lot of people in this moment, when you hear it for the first time, but obviously I can explain it – or at least try to explain it.
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‘I love absolutely everything about this club, I love everything about the city, I love everything about our supporters, I love the team, I love the staff. I love everything. But that I still take this decision shows you that I am convinced it is the one I have to take. It is that I am, how can I say it, running out of energy. I have no problem now, obviously, I knew it already for longer that I will have to announce it at one point, but I am absolutely fine now. I know that I cannot do the job again and again and again and again.
“After the years we had together and after all the time we spent together and after all the things we went through together, the respect grew for you, the love grew for you and the least I owe you is the truth – and that is the truth.”
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Is There Any Explanation Of Klopp’s Decision?
A lot of people would have started questioning his decision to step down from his role as Liverpool’s manager so suddenly. When asked to give a detailed explanation over his decision, Klopp said: “I am OK. I am healthy, as much as you can [be] at my age. Little bits and bobs, stuff like that, but nothing anybody has to be concerned about, so that’s absolutely fine. I told the club already in November. I have to explain a little bit that maybe the job I do people see from the outside, I’m on the touchline and in training sessions and stuff like this, but the majority of all the things happen around these kind of things.
“That means a season starts and you plan pretty much the next season already. When we sat there together talking about potential signings, the next summer camp and can we go wherever, the thought came up, ‘I am not sure I am here then anymore’ and I was surprised myself by that. I obviously start thinking about it. It didn’t start [then], but of course last season was kind of a super-difficult season and there were moments when at other clubs probably the decision would have been, ‘Come on, thank you very much for everything but probably we should split here, or end it here.’
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“That didn’t happen here, obviously. For me it was super, super, super-important that I can help to bring this team back onto the rails. It was all I was thinking about. When I realised pretty early that happened, it’s a really good team with massive potential and a super age group, super characters and all that, then I could start thinking about myself again and that was the outcome. It is not what I want to [do], it is just what I think is 100 per cent right. That’s it.”
The German will hope to end his final campaign at Liverpool on a high note, with the Reds competing for the Premier League, as well as Carabao Cup, FA Cup and UEFA Europa League titles. He has already guided Liverpool to win the Premier League, UEFA Champions League, FA Cup and Carabao Cup since taking over in 2015.
There is still no confirmation of what will happen with the Liverpool manager situation going forward, with Klopp’s assistant coaches Pepijn Lijnders, Vitor Matos and Peter Krawietz all vacating from their roles too, so there will be an entire systematic change in the coaching situation.