Liverpool’s decision to extend Jurgen Klopp’s Anfield stay to 2024 is the perfect way to conclude what has been a memorable decade for the club.
The 52-year-old manager has been the European Champions’ most transformative manager since Bill Shankly was appointed at the club 60 years ago.
Klopp has established a golden era for the club after claiming his first piece of silverware in June – delivering the club’s sixth European Cup. The FIFA Coach of the Year has since added the UEFA Super Cup to the trophy cabinet and is looking to claim a first-ever FIFA Club World Cup for the Reds.
The former Mainz head-coach is also on the verge of delivering a first league title since 1990 with the Reds currently the runaway leaders with a huge eight-point gap at the top. The decision to convince Klopp to add an additional two years to his current Liverpool contract is vindication to how much they value the German-born head coach.
No Liverpool manager in the club’s illustrious 127-year history has reached 100 league victories quicker than Klopp. His win ratio of 63 per cent in the league is the best in the club’s history whilst their current unbeaten run of 33 league matches has never been bettered.
In a world where managerial longevity and sustainability is never a guarantee, Liverpool’s leap of faith proves that the decision to invest everything into Klopp is anything but a risk.
The extension cuts adrift the neat seven-year symmetry that Klopp previously enjoyed at both Dortmund and FC Mainz meaning his time at Liverpool will be his longest stint in club management.
You only have to look towards the Reds’ league rivals to see just how monumental this new deal could be for the club. It will hand Klopp the chance to establish the kind of dynasty only a few have been granted during the club’s history.
Following a morning which saw Reds supporters wake with a familiar feeling of political despondency, spirits will have been lifted with the notion that at least the Premier League leaders have a sustainable long-term plan for success.