Liverpool risk wasting their final years with Jurgen Klopp if they choose incorrectly with £70m decision. The Reds’ boss won’t be around for much longer.
Jurgen Klopp had a contract until 2024 and it certainly appears that he’ll leave Liverpool once it’s done. That’s been the case for years now and we’re rapidly approaching crunch time.
As the Athletic explains, Klopp will likely take a break from football in 2024. It’s not exactly news and it’s something Liverpool must prepare for.
How they prepare for it is up for some debate, though. Should Liverpool make sure the squad is strong and the money is there post-Klopp? The new manager will want to make changes, after all, and he needs resources to do that.
Or should Liverpool go all-in on their final few years with the boss? He’s arguably the best in the world and the sad reality is that his replacement will almost certainly be a step-down.
The latter, for us, is the only move that makes sense. Guarantee that Klopp has a world-class squad to utilise as Liverpool hunt the biggest trophies while they can.
And with that in mind, an upcoming £70m decision seems key.
Klopp nears final years
As you’ve probably heard, Mohamed Salah has under two years left on his Liverpool contract. It makes sense to sell him next summer if he doesn’t agree a new one or the Reds will lose a very valuable asset for nothing.
But we hope that’s not the case. Liverpool always have the option of renewing that contract by meeting Salah’s demands.
Per the Independent, that means paying Salah in line with the Premier League’s best players. That’s around £380k per week for someone like Kevin De Bruyne.
Now, that’s over £70m over the course of a four-year contract. It’s a lot of money – more than Liverpool have ever paid a player before.
But this wouldn’t just be an investment in Salah but an investment in Klopp. Because the alternative is moving the Egyptian on and signing an inferior player who might one day reach the same level.
However, said player almost certainly won’t reach that level before Klopp leaves. It would mean Liverpool’s team takes a step down without their star player and enters something of a waiting period.
That, surely, is a waste of Klopp’s final years. If Liverpool want to make the most of having the world’s best manager at the helm, they’ve surely got to give him the strongest squad possible.
And that almost certainly means renewing Salah’s contract.