Jurgen Klopp has signed a contract extension with Liverpool, which will see him stay with the club until 2026.
Klopp’s deal was set to expire in 2024, with the expectation that he would take a sabbatical, but he has committed to a new contract. Klopp’s assistants, Pepijn Lijnders and Peter Krawietz, have also signed extensions until 2026.
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“There are so many words I could use to describe how I feel about this news… elated, humbled, blessed, privileged and excited would be a start,” Klopp told LiverpoolFC.com.
“There is so much to love about this place. I knew that before I came here, I got to know it even better after I arrived and now I know it more than ever before.
“Like any healthy relationship, it should always be a two-way street; you have to be right for each other. The feeling that we were absolutely right for each other is what got me here in the first place and that’s why I extended before.
“This one is different because of the long time we’ve been together. I had to ask myself, is it good for Liverpool that I stay longer?
“Together with my two assistant managers, Pep Lijnders and Pete Krawietz, we came to the conclusion that it was a ‘Yes!’
“There’s still a freshness about us as a club and this gives me energy. While I’ve been here, our owners have been incredibly committed and energetic to this club and it’s clear that this applies to our future as much at this point as I’ve ever known.”
Klopp, 54, has enjoyed a successful stint at Anfield since he took charge in October 2015. He led Liverpool to their first Premier League title in the club’s history in 2020 after winning the Champions League trophy last year . He also won the Super Cup, Club World Cup and Carabao Cup during his time at Merseyside.
“It is always difficult to find the right words to adequately reflect Jurgen’s importance and contribution to our club, but today’s announcement really speaks for itself,” said Mike Gordon of Fenway Sports Group.
“But speaking on behalf of my partners John [Henry] and Tom [Werner]Jürgen, like myself, is the perfect figurehead for modern Liverpool FC. This is especially true for what he stands for, on and off the pitch. It also applies to the leader he is and the man he is. Because of our exceptional squad, outstanding coaches, a world-class football team and brilliant club staff, we are blessed with the most valuable resource an organization could wish for: great people.”
Liverpool are battling for a historic Quadruple this season. They have already won the Carabao Cup and will face Chelsea in the FA Cup final, while still in contention for the Premier League title and the Champions League.
Liverpool have one step into the Champions League final after securing a 2-0 win over Villarreal in the semi-final of the first leg. Klopp’s team are one point behind leaders Manchester City with five games left of the season.
Klopp added: “When the owners gave me the option to renew, I asked myself what I’ve been thinking about publicly. Do I have the energy and the vibe to give back to myself what this amazing place demands of the person in the manager’s office?
“It didn’t take me too long to answer truthfully. The answer was very simple…I’m in love with this place and I feel great!”