Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says it is “hard to put his joy into words” after signing a new long-term contract with the Reds in a deal that is expected to see the German stay at Anfield until the summer of 2022.
Owners Fenway Sports Group have been so impressed with the German, who guided predecessor Brendan Rodgers’ squad to the Europa League and Capital One Cup finals, that they approached him about an extension in order for him and them to be able to plan for the future.
Klopp was initially contracted to 2018 with the option of another year, but he’s impressed the club’s hierarchy so much that they’ve felt the need to tie him down to a long-term deal.
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Klopp’s senior backroom staff who followed him from Borussia Dortmund, Zeljko Buvac and Peter Krawietz, have also signed extensions.
Principal owner John Henry, chairman Tom Werner and FSG president Mike Gordon today jointly told the club’s official website: “When you have an individual of Jürgen’s quality in the building it makes perfect sense to secure that person for the long term. To not do so would be irresponsible.
“The overriding motivation behind this decision is Jürgen’s commitment to overall improvement and development. In Jürgen we have someone who is always looking ahead, always looking beyond his own wants and needs and putting the club first.
“The ideas and plans he has for the football infrastructure excite us and we believe it benefits the organisation to have Jürgen committed to Liverpool for a sustained period, to make sure he is here to oversee this development. By making this commitment to him, we are taking away any future distractions or doubt. We will move forward in partnership together, with confidence in each other and with the club’s future at the forefront of every decision.
“He is a world-class managerial talent and his leadership will be critical to everything we hope to achieve in the years ahead.”
Klopp ‘honoured’ by new deal
Klopp said: “It’s hard to express in words how honoured myself, Zeljko and Peter feel by the commitment shown in us by the ownership and the club in general.
“We are very much at the beginning of our journey, but to already have the connection we have with this very special place is incredible.
“I am the first to recognise that with this great commitment comes a great responsibility. All of our coaching careers we have looked to make teams and clubs better, with the ultimate goal of making the supporters proud and happy.
“To do this we have to make sure we always put player and team development at the heart of every major decision. It is my job to lead that and ensure every element of the LFC football environment reflects the best practices in the game. It is fantastic that the club’s ownership is just as committed to this as we are.
“There is much to do and much to achieve and we look to do this by being the most completely together group anywhere in the world. That’s everyone and we all have responsibility for it – all of us who are part of this LFC family: players, staff, ownership and of course the supporters.
“By being together at all times, we will be stronger, better and our successes sweeter.”