There is great news for Liverpool fans today as Jurgen Klopp signs a contract extension.
It was always clear that Klopp wasn’t an interim or short-term manager but the fact that he has signed a new contract months after signing on as the club’s coach is telling. Liverpool’s charismatic German is in it for the long haul and this is exactly what Liverpool need.
Today, Liverpool get their pre-season games underway against Tranmere Rovers ahead of Klopp’s first full season in charge. There has been a lot said about what the former Borussia Dortmund manager was able to do in 7 months with a squad which wasn’t his own. The fact that Liverpool reached two finals, regardless of the result, is a testament to the foundations that Klopp has already laid on Merseyside.
Any person connected with Liverpool will agree that keeping Klopp at Liverpool is key to both short-term and long-term success at the club.
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Klopp’s assistants Zeljko Buvac and Peter Krawietz have also committed their future to Liverpool. The move to extend their terms was made by the club’s owners who have recognised the hard work and commitment of Klopp and his team.
The club’s principal owner John Henry, chairman Tom Werner and FSG president Mike Gordon said in a shared statement:
“When you have an individual of Jürgen’s quality in the building it makes perfect sense to secure that person for the long term. To not do so would be irresponsible.
“The overriding motivation behind this decision is Jürgen’s commitment to overall improvement and development. In Jürgen we have someone who is always looking ahead, always looking beyond his own wants and needs and putting the club first.
“The ideas and plans he has for the football infrastructure excite us and we believe it benefits the organisation to have Jürgen committed to Liverpool for a sustained period, to make sure he is here to oversee this development. By making this commitment to him, we are taking away any future distractions or doubt. We will move forward in partnership together, with confidence in each other and with the club’s future at the forefront of every decision.
“He is a world-class managerial talent and his leadership will be critical to everything we hope to achieve in the years ahead.”
Klopp, the man himself said:
“It’s hard to express in words how honoured myself, Zeljko and Peter feel by the commitment shown in us by the ownership and the club in general.
“We are very much at the beginning of our journey, but to already have the connection we have with this very special place is incredible.
“I am the first to recognise that with this great commitment comes a great responsibility. All of our coaching careers we have looked to make teams and clubs better, with the ultimate goal of making the supporters proud and happy.
“To do this we have to make sure we always put player and team development at the heart of every major decision. It is my job to lead that and ensure every element of the LFC football environment reflects the best practices in the game. It is fantastic that the club’s ownership is just as committed to this as we are.
“There is much to do and much to achieve and we look to do this by being the most completely together group anywhere in the world. That’s everyone and we all have responsibility for it – all of us who are part of this LFC family: players, staff, ownership and of course the supporters.
“By being together at all times, we will be stronger, better and our successes sweeter.”
It’s great to hear Klopp say that he is committed to Liverpool. Other clubs can sign whoever they like but they’ll never have Jürgen Klopp.