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Klopp – ‘We have a clear idea’
Jurgen Klopp has highlighted Liverpool’s ‘freshness’ which gave him new energy as he explained the reason for signing a new contract.
The Reds boss, who was due to leave in 2024, has put pen to paper on a deal that will extend his commitment to Anfield until the summer of 2026.
If Klopp – who arrived from Borussia Dortmund in October 2015 – sees out the remainder of his contract, he will become the club’s second post-war manager after Bill Shankly. He is expected to surpass Bob Paisley’s nine-year term later this year.
Klopp’s two assistants, Pep Lijnders and Peter Krawietz, have also agreed to stay at the club for the next four years, with the Reds boss admitting it didn’t take him long to make up his mind when approached by Fenway Sports Group on the possibility of a new agreement.
“When the owners offered me the opportunity to renew, I asked myself the question which I reflected on publicly,” Klopp said. “Do I have the energy and the vibe to give back of myself what this amazing place demands of the person in the manager’s office?
“I didn’t need too much time to answer truthfully. The answer was very simple… I’m in love here and I feel good!”
Klopp added: “There are so many words I could use to describe how I feel about this news… overjoyed, humbled, blessed, privileged and excited would be a start. There’s so much to love about this 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.
“Like any healthy relationship, it should always be a two-way street; you must be right for each other. The feeling that we were absolutely right for each other is what got me here in the first place and why I extended before.
“This one is different because of how long we’ve been together. I had to ask myself the question: is it good for Liverpool that I stay longer? Together with my two assistant managers, Pep Lijnders and Pete Krawietz, we came to the conclusion that it was a “Yes!”
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