Liverpool boss, Jurgen Klopp said he has signed a new contract extension deal that’ll keep him at Liverpool until 2024. The deal projects an image of security and stability at Anfield for future potential transfer targets.
Jurgen Klopp, after becoming Liverpool manager in 2015, led the club to Champions League glory in June and has kept them eight points away at the top of the Premier League.
The Liverpool boss initial contract was dues to expire in 2022, even though he said extending it was not a priority for him, he felt it’s also important when it comes to persuading new recruits to join. Klopp would become the longest serving manager if he complete the contract duration.
“The club was asking for a while already if we could talk about an extension and I thought it makes sense before things are getting a bit intense — not now, I was completely calm — but maybe in the summer we would have started again,” Klopp said at his pre-match press conference.
“With new players when you want to bring them in they ask ‘How long is the manager going to be here?’ We all wanted to avoid that so it’s done and I am really happy about that.
“I thought it was positive and good that people know I will be here a bit longer. It gives us stability.”
Klopp, 52, working so hard to win Liverpool’s first top-flight title for 30 years, has revolutionized the club’s fortunes since he became the manager at Anfield and said they were in a “good place”.
“Four-and-a-half years from now sounds like forever in football. It would be then nine years, the longest spell I’ve ever been at a club.
“It was not too bad till now but we don’t feel that it could not be better, so let’s try to make the best time of our lives. Enjoy the ride, enjoy the journey,” said the Liverpool boss.
Owners of the club, Fenway Sports Group (FSG) said Liverpool had taken “giant strides in re-establishing themselves as one of world football’s powerhouses” under Klopp’s management.
During Klopp’s first campaign at Anfield, Liverpool reached the finals of both the League Cup and Europa League but ended the season empty-handed.
They lost 3-1 to Real Madrid in the 2018 Champions League final but regrouped and became European champions for a sixth time after a 2-0 win against Tottenham in Madrid this year.
Liverpool lost just one match in the Premier League last season, racking up 97 points — the best total in the club’s history — but missed out on the title by a solitary point to Manchester City.
So far this season, Klopp has led a wonderful performing Liverpool to the top of the Premier League, where they currently stay eight points away after 15 wins from their opening 16 matches.
Few hours after Klopp’s new deal surfaced, Liverpool announced that veteran midfielder James Milner had also signed a new contract to remain with the club until 2022. Milner, 33, joined from Man City on a free transfer in the summer of 2015.
“Obviously the gaffer waited to sign his dependent on whether I signed mine, so that makes me a feel bit more important,” Milner joked to liverpoolfc.com.