Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has said that he wanted to sign a new deal at Anfield to avoid potential uncertainty and unease over his future among new players brought into the club.
Klopp – whose previous deal was set to expire in 2022 – put pen to paper on two more years at Anfield on Friday to add to a strong start to the campaign for his side.
Speaking at a press conference after signing his new deal, Klopp opened up on his future and admitted that the new terms coincide with several exciting projects currently in development, including increases in Anfield’s capacity and the development of new training facilities.
“The club was asking for awhile already,” the manager said. “We talked about it and it made sense before things are a bit intense.
“Maybe in the summer we would have started talking again and players would ask ‘how long is the manager here? We wanted to avoid that.
“The club is in a good place and we have space to develop. There are a lot of exciting things coming up – a new academy, maybe a new stand but there will be cloudy days too and I have to make decisions. I wanted to sort this.”
Klopp was previewing his side’s Premier League clash with Watford on Saturday, where the Reds will be looking to continue their unbeaten start to the campaign.
Defender Dejan Lovren limped off in the second half of Wednesday’s 2-0 win over RB Salzburg which secured the club’s progression to the last 16 of the Champions League and Klopp admitted there is no time frame for his return.
“Lovren is out,” he said. “He will be back before my contract ends but it’s a muscle injury, more serious than last time. We don’t have a time frame.”
Joe Gomez – who replaced Lovren in Austria – was absent from Thursday’s training session alongside Virgil van Dijk and Sadio Mane, but all three have recovered and are expected to start on Saturday.