Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has given the Reds hierarchy a huge boost by agreeing to extend his contract at Anfield until 2026, with the German officially deciding his future lies at Merseyside a little longer.
Klopp had suggested to Liverpool bosses he would be willing to talk about signing an extension, and it wasn’t long before FSG came to an agreement with him.
Currently fighting on three fronts after already securing the Carabao Cup, there is no doubt that Klopp has been the main driver of Liverpool’s success, and the thought of him leaving was not something Reds fans would tolerate.
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Fortunately, that opportunity has now been postponed.
These are the four things Liverpool.com believe will ‘certainly’ happen now that Klopp has confirmed his extension.
Liverpool remains the best of the best
With Klopp at the helm and the resources that would bring with them a fixture in the Champions League and also a Premier League team, it would take something remarkable (like last season) for Liverpool to leave from where they are now.
With Klopp at the helm after 2024, Liverpool aren’t guaranteed more success – no one is – but this is as close to a guarantee as they come.
The good times extended at Liverpool is the expectation – exactly why it was so tempting to stay.
Transfer boost guaranteed
One of the main reasons why Liverpool have been so successful in recent seasons has been the success of their transfer policies – and Klopp is undoubtedly a big part of that.
Would Thiago have signed for another manager? Maybe, but there’s no guarantee. Others could potentially fall into the same category, including Virgil van Dijk who was convinced by Klopp to move to Anfield.
Whoever follows Klopp has a big task ahead of him to match his lure on the transfer front. FSG has now postponed that issue for at least another two years.
Guardiola rivalry becomes the best ever
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has also lately suggested he would be open to staying at the club beyond his current contract, as the Catalan’s current contract expires in 2023.
If the two best managers in the world – who are in charge of the two best clubs in the world – both stay put, it can only be a huge positive thing for both teams and English football.
There is already an argument that Liverpool vs Manchester City is the best rivalry (it is certainly the best quality rivalry). If Guardiola and Klopp both stay with their respective clubs, they almost certainly would.
Manchester United task gets tougher
For the rest of the Premier League clubs, it’s not what you want to hear about Klopp and Guardiola staying at Liverpool and Manchester City.
But for clubs like Manchester United, who are trying to rebuild and get back to that level, that’s especially the case, as their task becomes much more difficult now that Klopp has signed on.
There was perhaps hope that Klopp’s departure would level the playing field a bit and bring Liverpool down (although whether that will be the case or not remains to be seen).
But without that glimmer of hope, Erik ten Hag’s work becomes a little more difficult.