Jurgen Klopp signs new long-term extension at Liverpool
Jurgen Klopp has only been at Liverpool for 10 months but he’s already signed a new long-term deal to remain at Anfield for many years to come.
Numerous reports suggest Klopp, 49, has signed a contract extension which will see him and his staff -- senior members Zeljko Buvac and Peter Krawietz -- remain at Liverpool until 2022.
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His original deal was due to run out in 2018 but in order to stop any speculation about his future, Liverpool locked him down for a further four years with owners Fenway Sports Group and John W. Henry saying “it makes perfect sense” to keep Klopp around.
The German coach arrived last October with the Reds struggling after a sluggish start in the Premier League. Although he only guided them to an eighth place finish in the PL, he did take the Reds to two cup finals in his debut season, losing the Capital One Cup final to Manchester City on penalty kicks and the UEFA Europa League final to Sevilla.
Not qualifying for Europe this season could be a blessing in disguise for Klopp and his team as they aim to push back into the top four of the PL during the 2016-17 season.
Speaking about his new deal, Klopp told Liverpool’s website he was happy to extend his stay on Merseyside:
Klopp has already made three major signings this summer with goalkeeper Lorius Karius and defender Joel Matip arriving, plus Senegalese winger Sadio Mane joined for $45 million.
He has also trimmed the bloated Liverpool squad with players such as Jose Enrique, Kolo Toure and Jerome Sinclair moving on from the Brendan Rodgers era, plus the likes of Jordon Ibe, Joe Allen and Christian Benteke could also be on the way out.
He is a man with a strong vision and passion for the game and now Klopp’s rapid integration at Liverpool has seen him rewarded by the hierarchy.
With stadium renovations set to be complete for the new season and money being pumped into management and players, bright times lie ahead for Liverpool. Now, Klopp and his players must deliver where it matters most: on the pitch. That’s always the hard part.
Klopp has won 23 of his 52 games in charge of Liverpool so far, with a win rate of 44.2 percent. There is work to be done behind-the-scenes but with a huge tour of the U.S. coming up this summer and Klopp able to take his first preseason at Liverpool, we should see a team that truly resembles their talented manager next season.