Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp may yet change his mind and stay at Anfield beyond the expiry of his current deal, a former Reds midfielder has suggested.
The Reds’ appointment of Klopp back in October 2015 has gone better than anyone dared to dream. After three trophy near misses, he helped Liverpool secure European Cup glory for a sixth time in 2019 with a win over Tottenham in Madrid. And the season after, Liverpool ended a 30-year wait to become champions of England by lifting the Premier League title.
While winning the Premier League this season looks a tall order, the Reds are through to the FA Cup fifth round. They also face Inter Milan in the Champions League round of 16. And there’s the small matter of the Carabao Cup final against Chelsea later this month.
However, Klopp’s long reign in charge is widely expected to end in 2024 when his current deal expires. That will take him through almost nine full seasons in charge at Anfield.
That will mark Klopp’s longest period at any one club, with the 54-year-old strongly hinting he’ll then be ready for a break.
Didi Hamann, however, reckons there remains a possibility that Klopp could yet stay on at Anfield and sign a new deal.
He claims that if Liverpool’s top stars still want to play under the German, he could be persuaded to change his mind.
Klopp could have his mind changed
“I think he’s said this will be his last contract, but I haven’t an idea what his plans could be in the future,” Hamann told the Liverpool Echo when, via Free Super Tips, when asked about Jurgen Klopp Liverpool future.
“In modern football it’s very rare there’s a manager who’s in charge for such a long time at a top club.
“[Diego] Simeone is probably the only other at a top club along with [Pep] Guardiola who have been there for a substantial amount of time.
“Clubs change managers on such a regular basis. And it comes down to whether Klopp thinks he can continue once his contract is up.
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“His contract is up in 2024, but two years in football is an awfully long time. It will depend on what he wants to do.
“If the team still functions and the players still like to work with him… I don’t see any reason why he wouldn’t stay on.”
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Hamann claims he can see Klopp becoming the next Germany manager once he departs Liverpool.
However, if the timing is not right, then perhaps an extension at Anfield may be a possibility.
“It’s a decision he needs to make in the future. Germany have a new national team manager and that might be one position he has pencilled in to potentially do.
“Maybe he wants to win a major tournament with Germany in the future. But it’s too far down the line to even think about it at this stage.”
Speaking to German outlet Welt am Sonntag, Klopp said in August 2018: “Should I be asked at some point and I’m available, then I would think about it.”
The former Borussia Dortmund boss has once again floated the idea of taking a year off.
On whether he would like the job after leaving Anfield, Klopp refused to commit to a concrete plan.
“If it’s the end for me at Liverpool in 2024, then I’ll have a year off first.
“Hansi Flick’s contract would have to run until 2025 for me to even be considered. Nobody should call me in 2024.”