Fabrizio Romano has told the CBS Sports Que Golazo podcast that Liverpool are planning for the future with Jurgen Klopp in the Anfield hot-seat, despite rumours over the German manager’s future in recent weeks.
Liverpool have seen their Premier League title defence evaporate in 2020/21, while the prospect of Champions League football next season currently is in a precarious position.
Indeed, it has been a poor season by Liverpool’s overwhelming high standards of recent seasons, but there is an acceptance from the club’s hierarchy that a number of mitigating circumstances have worked against Klopp this eason.
Injuries, COVID-19, a gruelling fixture schedule and a total absence of supporters have all conspired to halt Liverpool’s progress following a 19th league title last season.
The Reds began 2021 as league leaders, after all, but have since slipped to seventh in the table – losing nine matches since the turn of the new year.
Unsurprisingly, the media have completely blown matters out of proportion at Anfield pointing to absurd reports of unrest between Liverpool’s manager and the club’s hierarchy.
A number of comparisons have also been made to Klopp’s final season at Borussia Dortmund. There have even been mutterings that he could be a possible successor to Joachim Low, who has announced he will soon step down from his post as manager of the German national team.
Romano on Klopp future
However, Romano – who regularly features for Sky Sports and The Guardian – has told Que Golazo that Klopp will remain Liverpool manager next season, with his Anfield contract not due to expire until 2024.
“There have been a lot of rumours about Klopp,” Romano said. “The Champions League is going fine and well, but when you have this kind of situation in the league – it is normal to have rumours.
“But at the moment, Liverpool are so happy with Jurgen Klopp.“They are backing him. They are planning for the summer, players, transfer market strategy.
“There is nothing with the Germany national team. He wants to continue with Liverpool. They are planning for the future.”
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While this shouldn’t exactly be ground-breaking news, it’s important to reiterate why Klopp – who Guardiola lauded as the best manager he’s ever faced, per 90Min – remains the perfect man for the job.
There have been talks of a squad revamp needed this summer, yet Liverpool still have the opportunity to make this season an overwhelming success, despite the uphill battle against adversity practically since the start of the campaign.
For one, only Real Madrid and Chelsea or FC Porto stand in Liverpool’s way regarding a third Champions League final in four seasons.
Four matches currently stand in-between the Reds and a shot at European Cup No.7.
Also, the Reds are still yet to benefit from the long-awaited returns of Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez. Having his first-choice centre-back pairing will immediately enhance Liverpool’s chances of going the distance again next season.
Factor this in with the return of Jordan Henderson, the continued development of Diogo Jota and Thiago Alcantara, as well as the long-awaited return of supporters, and suddenly Liverpool have a number of extenuating-circumstances working back in their favour.
And with Klopp at the helm, the sky really is the limit in terms of what Liverpool can achieve in 2021/22.