Journalist Ian Doyle says he doesn’t expect Jurgen Klopp to extend his Liverpool contract beyond 2024 although the Reds boss won’t be going anywhere anytime soon.

Doyle held a Q&A on Tuesday for the Liverpool ECHO. Naturally, given it is 10 years to the day since FSG bought the club back in 2010, supporters have been asking towards the future and the club’s succession plan beyond Klopp. You can see Doyle answer this top plus much more here.

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – JULY 22: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Jurgen Klopp manager of Liverpool embracing Pep Lijnders assistant manager of Liverpool in the dressing room after winning the Premier league at the end of the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Chelsea FC at Anfield on July 22, 2020 in Liverpool, England. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in all fixtures being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Fans were particularly keen as to whether assistant manager Pep Lijnders had been identified by Liverpool as a serious contender to take charge at the club once Klopp’s contract expires in just under four years time.

Doyle went on to say that Lijnders is indeed highly rated at the club although whether he is the club’s No.1 candidate to succeed the German manager remains another matter entirely.

“For a start, while Klopp isn’t going anywhere soon, I’d be amazed if he extends his contract beyond the current expiry in 2024”, he said.

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“As for Lijnders, he is massively rated by the club and Klopp in particular. Quite whether that makes him number one material is another matter – he didn’t pull up trees during a brief stint as a manager in his native Holland. But there’s still a long, long way to go.”

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 13: (THE SUN OUT. THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Jurgen Klopp manager of Liverpool with Thiago Alcantara of Liverpool during a training session at Melwood Training Ground on October 13, 2020 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

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It’s an interesting answer and one that’s naturally quite a sensitive topic given no Liverpool fan will be looking forward to the inevitable moment the club’s inspirational key figure calls it a day on his Anfield tenure.

If Klopp is to remain at the club until his expiration date in 2024, he will have been at the Anfield helm for nine years which would represent his longest stint as manager – two years more than the time he did with both Borussia Dortmund and Mainz.

The idea of Lijnders being groomed towards the Liverpool hot-seat one day does oppose an exciting prospect as he has proven a key figure in a number of different aspects for the club in recent years.

For one, his most recent success came off the back end of the £45 million deal to sign Diogo Jota after it was revealed that it was Lijnders’ contacts in Portugal which proved to be one of the determining factors behind a deal materialising.

Klopp also likes to put his most trusted lieutenant in the limelight when Lijnders is entrusted to take the Liverpool manager’s place during multiple press conferences – most recently ahead of the Carabao Cup fixtures.

Whether Klopp would look to extend his time beyond the 2024 mark remains to be seen. After all it was only earlier this year that saw him put pen-to-to-paper on a two-year extension with the club, so nothing should be ruled out as of yet.

It does come with a disclaimer, however – these are just how Doyle feels about things. He’s not reporting a source that claims Klopp.

Still, we do trust Doyle. If he thinks it’s reasonable to expect that Klopp is true to his word and will end his time at Anfield in two years time then we are happy to accept that for what it is. He’s got sources and an inside knowledge of the club, after all.

 

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