Everything Jurgen Klopp has said about his Liverpool future from sabbatical to retiring
Jurgen Klopp has been Liverpool boss for the past five years, and has penned three contracts with the club in this time.
Klopp joined in 2015 on a three-year deal worth £15million, but because of his fast start, signed an extension after just nine months.
The extension meant he was set to be contracted to the club for a total of seven years, which is the length of his stint in charge of both Mainz and Dortmund.
In 2019 Klopp addressed his future vaguely, and suggested he was open to taking a sabbatical when his contract expired in 2022.
The German told Kicker magazine “It looks like it [I will be taking a sabbatical]. Who can now say if he can give it his all in three years’ time?
“If I decide for myself that I can’t go on anymore, I’ll take a break and in that year I’d have to make a definite decision [over my career].
“I have absolute energy, but I have one problem; I can’t do ‘a little bit.’ I can only do ‘all or nothing.’
“But the chances are very high that my energy levels will go up again [after a year’s break], and that I can then do the job the way I want to.”
Klopp’s agent Marc Kosicke also did some talking on behalf of Klopp at this time, again suggesting he would return to Germany in 2022.
“Jurgen’s contract is still valid until 2022 and it is an open secret that the club would like to extend,” Kosicke told Spox.
“We still have a little time for that. We must wait and see how everything develops and whether climate change will bring better weather to England or only to Germany.
“One should not underestimate it [bad weather annoying Klopp], anyway. I remember that in November or December, Liverpool first asked for a contract extension. I said: ‘Let’s wait’.
“Ulla [Klopp’s wife] and Jurgen get up in the morning and it’s dark. When they meet again in the evening, it is also dark or it is grey and there is drizzle.
“During the winter break in Germany, if the weather is really bad, the clubs go on vacation for two weeks, then come back and fly directly to the training camp in the sun for several days.
“During this time, the coaches in England sometimes have to prepare for up to 13 games. They are already exhausted and it’s not so easy.”
On Klopp’s plans, he added: “On the one hand, he understands football as a top coach needs to understand it. On the other hand, his main competence is dealing with people, because he is unique.
“He is not too bad to surround himself with people who can do certain things better than him – and then let them do it.
“He has something God-given for that: his eloquence, the way he speaks, his rhetoric. You can not learn to set the right punchline at the right time.”
“He does not care so much for all the success himself and absolutely does not have to be the focus.
“I think that if Jurgen ever stops, then you will not see him often. He will be with his family and his mates together, walking the dog, playing paddle tennis and having a nice life.
“Jurgen is totally normal and that is again so abnormal in this angry media world, that is quite unique.”
Liverpool fans were understandably worried following Klopp hinting at a sabbatical and his agent suggesting he’d had enough of the weather in England.
But the German quickly dispelled any worries.
In response to his agent’s comments, he told the press: “There is nothing in that story. He wanted to make a joke so now I have to be serious.
“It is German humour but obviously nobody got it… I am completely fine with the weather. Let me spell it out, the weather has never been a reason for me to choose a city and it’s certainly not a reason for me to leave the country.
“Maybe at the moment [in England] it’s the most healthy weather in the world – we have enough rain, it’s cool, pretty much the opposite of this room!
“There’s nothing in that story. He’s my agent and my friend.
“When I speak about the weather it was about the wind which can have an effect on football, but that is not allowed in England. But that is not to a reason leave the country. I am fine.”
Klopp then went one step further to ease the worries of Liverpool fans, penning a brand new five-year contract in 2019.
The deal sees him contracted to the club until 2024, which at that point means he’d have been in charge of the Reds for nine years.
What the future holds for Klopp beyond 2024 is anyone’s guess – even the German is unclear what he’ll be up to at the time.
He was recently asked about his plans for the future, and hinted at a sabbatical once again or perhaps even retirement.
Klopp told SWR Sport: “Definitely [I’ll return to Germany] to live, after my career. Most likely even to Mainz”, adding: “[After my] four years in Liverpool.”
Upon returning home his initial plans are to “do nothing for a year”. After that he may return to football management, or simply retire from the game.
“In five years the world can look very different again,” he said.
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