Jurgen Klopp will be rewarded with a bumper new contract at Liverpool should the club win either the Premier League or Champions League this season.
That’s according to German football expert Raphael Honigstein, who claims he is “99.9% certain” Klopp will extend his stay at Anfield beyond its current 2022 agreement if the club add to their five European Cup hauls and / or end their 29-year wait to be crowned champions of England.
Klopp has had Liverpool upwardly mobile since taking charge at Anfield in October 2015, and although he is yet to win any silverware, there is a growing belief that this could be Liverpool’s year.
And Honigstein told Abendzeitung Muenchen that despite the lure of Bayern Munich – who, he says, remain keen to bring him back to the Bundesliga, Klopp is instead more likely to extend his stay at Anfield.
“Klopp is very happy with Liverpool, and the club is very happy with him,” he explained.
“I rather think that he will renew his contract beyond 2022.
“If he is to become champion or Champions League winner, he will 99.9% stay longer.
“That does not mean that he will never go to Bayern: Klopp says for logical reasons alone that they are one of the best clubs in the world.
“He is flexible and ambitious enough to think about this opportunity, if there is another opportunity.”
Honigstein also believes Klopp has proven his credentials as one of the game’s top managers by pushing Liverpool into the higher echelons of European football, claiming he’s done well to compete with sides who are on a stronger financial keel.
“Bayern and Man City were always financially ahead of Klopp’s teams, and it is an honour for him that he comes on equal terms only with a lot of effort,” he added.
“Liverpool does not have City’s almost limitless means, but Klopp can still be master.
“Klopp always had a disadvantage and had to compensate. On one hand, that is very attractive for Klopp, but on the other hand a bit frustrating: Bayern always signed some of his players, and that was gnawing at him.”
The journalist also pits Liverpool as marginally favourites to advance past Bayern, that being despite a defensive injury crisis facing Klopp ahead of the first leg at Anfield on Tuesday.
“I’ve said from the start that the odds are 60-40 for Liverpool,” he continued.
“Bayern have great, great players, but no great ‘team’. At Liverpool, I see it the other way around. Sure, Liverpool also have great players, but the team itself works.
“Players like Joel Matip, James Milner or Jordan Henderson may not have the level to play at Bayern, but they work at Liverpool, because this team knows what they do.
“They have an identity, a plan – so everything Bayern does not currently have.
“And if you consider that the strengths of Liverpool also pretty much correspond to the weaknesses of Bayern, you cannot really assume that Bayern comes through.
“It will not be clear, but I see Liverpool in the lead in the end.”
Liverpool’s problems in defence may force Fabinho into starting at centre-half once again and the Brazilian has admitted he is disappointed by the amount of starts he has had so far this season.
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