Dietmar Hamann has warned Liverpool that Jurgen Klopp will either be “lying on the beach or he will be the coach of the German national team” by 2025.
The former Reds midfielder says Klopp has become a “living legend” at Anfield and it’s hard to disagree.
The German coach guided Liverpool to their first top-flight title in 30 years last season, obliterating the competition on their way.
The season before Klopp’s side won the Champions League and he has helped turn the club into one of the world’s greatest teams.
After arriving in October 2015, the 53-year-old had shown enough progression to win a new six-year deal in July 2016. He then extended that further in December 2019 until 2024.
However, Hamann reckons it’s unlikely that Klopp will still be at the club in 2025.
“It is astonishing that Jürgen Klopp has already been a coach at Liverpool for five years,” Hamann told SportBILD (via Sport Witness).
“But when you are successful, time goes by faster.
“Since the Champions League victory against Tottenham in 2019 and the first title this summer for Liverpool after 30 years, this coach is a living legend.
“I would wish for Liverpool that he would still be the coach in 2025.
“But either Klopp will be lying on the beach, or he will be the coach of the German national team.”
Hamann also claims he may well have had a hand in Klopp’s arrival at Anfield.
“He was a good and experienced coach at the time. Today he is the best coach in the world,” he added.
“I remember the late summer of 2015, when I was travelling with the team as Liverpool ambassador.
“The then coach Brendan Rodgers (47) was under a lot of pressure. I went to the current CEO Billy Hogan, who was still Commercial Director at the time, and threw Jürgen Klopp’s name into the ring.
“I said that Liverpool needed Klopp, that he understood the club and the city. I raved about his successes with Dortmund.
“Of course, I can’t judge whether my recommendation contributed in part to the Klopp commitment. When Klopp introduced himself as “The Normal One” in October, I knew that Liverpool was a good idea.”
Meanwhile, Klopp was irritable at his Ajax press conference on Tuesday night.
Former Reds defender Jamie Carragher named Manchester United target Dayot Upamecano as a perfect replacement for the injured Virgil van Dijk.
Klopp though was not having any of it and said he was happy with his squad.
“Is anyone interested in the game tomorrow? We went into season with three centre-backs and Fabinho. Difficult to have four world-class centre-backs.
“It’s not a position you rotate too much. If anyone tells us we make a mistake now…I think Carragher has.”
Klopp also confirmed that Joel Matip has been added to the injury list and will miss the game in Holland.
The defender suffered a muscle injury in the Merseyside derby draw.
Klopp added: “Yes, for sure it is not perfect. Joel Matip is not here, but that is our situation and we will deal with it.
“We are still a bit sensitive with the situation which is why we’re in a different mood to you. We’ve known since y’day the best CB in the world is not with us.
“It was clear with his history he wouldn’t start again after 90mins v Everton. But there’s a good chance he will be involved at the weekend.”